This is the first time Biden and Modi will meet since the US became the 46th president in January.
PM Modi in USA: A senior US administration official has said that President Joe Biden is looking forward to his first bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday and during this time the two leaders will discuss the fight against Kovid-19 and climate change, economic A number of priority issues are expected to be discussed including cooperation and Afghanistan. The two leaders have met before, but Biden was the country’s Vice President at that time and this is the first time Biden and Modi will meet after becoming the 46th US President in January.Also Read – Indians to protest in US during PM Modi’s program: Rakesh Tikait
Since Biden became president, the two leaders have had several phone conversations and have also participated in a few digital summits. These include the Quad meeting organized by the US President in March. A senior official privy to the preparations for the first Biden-Modi meeting said, “President Biden is looking forward to his bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Modi in the Oval Office on Friday morning ahead of the Quad Summit (to be held later in the day). Also Read – BJP Announces Alliance, Will Contest UP Assembly Elections Together With Apna Dal And Nishad Party
The senior administration official, who did not wish to be named, said, “We will cover a number of priority issues including their response to the pandemic response, climate change… We will address issues related to technology, economic cooperation and trade as well as Afghanistan. I will also talk. ” Also Read – Taliban’s offer to Pakistan Cricket Board, ready to host ODI series
Since the Taliban’s occupation of Afghanistan, India has been saying that its focus is to ensure that the soil of the war-torn country is not used for terrorist activities against it. On the eve of the India-US bilateral summit, the official said the issues of talks also included discussions about new areas of cooperation.
Before leaving on Wednesday, Modi had said that during his visit he would review the India-US Comprehensive Global Strategic Partnership with President Biden and exchange views on regional and global issues of mutual interest.
Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla had said ahead of the visit that Modi and Biden’s meeting is expected to focus on further strengthening bilateral trade and investment ties, advancing defense and security cooperation and promoting the Strategic Clean Energy Partnership. .
Biden and Modi are expected to be accompanied by senior officials including External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar, Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla, National Security Advisor Ajit Doval and Indian Ambassador to the US Taranjit Singh Sandhu.
After the bilateral summit, Biden will welcome Modi again at the White House for the Quad Summit in the afternoon. Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga will also attend the summit.