Power Packed Schedule Of PM Modi During His US Visit

PM Modi (file image)

A power packed schedule awaits Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the U.S. as he left on Wednesday for his three-day visit. It is Mr Modi’s first major foreign visit during the Covid-19 pandemic. He had visited Bangladesh earlier this year in March.

Prime Minister Modi will meet US President Joe Biden Biden at the White House. Meetings with Vice President Kamala Harris and CEOs of leading US companies are also on the card.

Ahead of his US visit, Prime Minister Modi called it an “occasion to strengthen strategic partnership with the US and consolidate ties with Japan and Australia.” On his visit, the Prime Minister will participate in the first in person summit of Quad Leaders, address the United Nations General Assembly and also have his first bilateral meeting with US President Joe Biden since his election.

PM Modi said his UN General Assembly address would focus on “pressing global challenges” including the Covid-19 pandemic, the need to combat terrorism and climate change. He also referred to his first meeting with Vice President Kamala Harris and said he was “looking forward” to the meeting to explore opportunities for cooperation, particularly in the area of science and technology.

In his departure statement, the Prime Minister said: “During my visit, I will review the India-US Comprehensive Global Strategic Partnership with President Biden and exchange views on regional and global issues of mutual interest. I am also looking forward to meeting Vice President Kamala Harris to explore opportunities for cooperation between our two nations particularly in the area of science and technology.”

Mr Modi will have the first in-person meeting with US President Joe Biden though the two leaders have interacted virtually during the G7 summit and Quad meet in March. The two leaders have been in regular contact over the last few months.
The two leaders will have discussions to bolster security, defence and trade, said the Foreign Secretary. The situation in Afghanistan after the U.S. troops withdrawal and the takeover by the Taliban will also figure prominently during discussions.

“PM Modi will also have bilateral meetings with Australia and Japan. QUAD and AUKUS are not the same. QUAD’s vision is to look at the Indo-Pacific as a free open region. There are a wide array of initiatives that QUAD has undertaken. The AUKUS is a security alliance. It is not relevant to QUAD,” Mr Shringla told journalists.

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