During his three-day trip, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will meet with US President Joe Biden on Friday, and the two leaders are likely to discuss the situation in Afghanistan as well as other bilateral concerns.
This will be his first meeting with Joe Biden since taking office as President of the United States in January of this year. PM Modi had previously met Biden during his maiden visit to the United States as Prime Minister in 2014.
Biden was the vice president in President Barack Obama's government at the time. After Biden, a Democrat, was elected president of the United States in January, the two leaders spoke on the several occasions..
PM Modi met with US Vice President Kamala Harris on Thursday and complimented her, calling her a "inspiration," a leader who is like "family," and a "true friend" who has had India's back during the Covid-19 problem. "We are natural partners, we have similar principles," Modi remarked, referring to the oldest and largest democracies.
On Thursday, Modi held a meeting with the CEOs of Qualcomm, Blackstone, Adobe, First Solar, and General Atomics.
PM Modi also met with Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison on Thursday, which Morrison described as "constructive" and stated that both leaders want to enhance the bilateral relationship. "During my tour to the United States, I had the pleasure of meeting Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is a great friend of Australia. As we aim to further develop our bilateral collaboration, we had a wide-ranging and productive discussion ahead of the first in-person Quad meeting "Morrison sent out a tweet.
PM Modi and his Japanese counterpart Yoshihide Suga met in Washington for a "fruitful" discussion, where they discussed a variety of topics, including how to boost trade and cultural ties. "Friendship with Japan is being strengthened. Prime Ministers @narendramodi and @sugawitter met in Washington, DC, and had a productive meeting. Both leaders discussed a variety of topics, including how to strengthen trade and cultural connections "The Prime Minister's Office (PMO) issued a statement on Twitter.
This was also PM Modi's first face-to-face meeting with Suga after the latter took over the reins from Shinzo Abe in September last year.
A senior US administration official told Reuters that a first in-person meeting of the presidents of the Quad group of countries - the United States, Japan, Australia, and India - on Friday will yield progress in multiple areas, including infrastructure, health, and cyber.
Biden and Modi will also hold a "Quad" summit with the leaders of Australia and Japan, with the goal of boosting Indo-Pacific cooperation in the face of China's expanding dominance. The leaders will assess progress made since their first virtual summit on March 12 and address regional topics of mutual interest, according to a statement released by the ministry of external affairs (MEA) on September 14.
A senior US administration source told Reuters on Thursday that PM Modi, Biden, Suga, and Morrison will also address regional security, though he emphasised that security was not the focus of the informal grouping formed in reaction to China's expanding clout.
The official told Reuters that, the first in-person summit of the Quad group of countries' presidents will result in advances in various sectors, including infrastructure, health, and cybersecurity.
The person did not disclose precise specifics about the meeting, but said the White House summit "will have plenty to say" about the Indo-Pacific region's next moves on vaccinations.
"We have deliverables in infrastructure, on broader health engagements, on research and technology, on space, and on cyber," he explained. "Obviously, there have been difficulties in India over the course of the summer. However, we believe it will be critical to achieve the goals we set forth at the time,” the official was quoted by Reuters as saying.
According to Reuters, a US official described Friday's meeting as "historic," adding that it provided an opportunity for the four leaders to openly discuss "contemporary concerns, their ambitions and goals." "We'll discuss a variety of topics, including regional security, as well as our educational and infrastructure ambitions," he said.
The Quad conference comes little over a week after the United States, the United Kingdom, and Australia unveiled AUKUS, a security deal that will assist Australia in acquiring US nuclear-powered submarines, a decision that was swiftly condemned by China.
PM Modi's visit to the United States will come to a close on September 25 with a speech to the United Nations General Assembly on critical global issues such as the Covid-19 pandemic, the need to battle terrorism, climate change, and other pressing issues.
This is Prime Minister Modi's first trip outside of India since the emergence of the coronavirus pandemic. PM Modi is accompanied by a high-level delegation that includes Ajit Doval, the National Security Advisor, Harsh Vardhan Shringla, and other senior officials.
The last time Prime Minister Modi visited the United States was in September 2019, when he spoke at the high-profile Howdy-Modi event in Houston alongside then-US President Donald Trump, a Republican.
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