- Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who flew to the US at President Biden’s invitation to participate in the first in-person summit of Quad leaders, arrived in Washington on Wednesday.
- He will also address the 76th session of the UN General Assembly in New York.
- Modi, who is visiting the US for the 7th time after assuming office in 2014, said his visit would be an occasion to strengthen the
- Indo-US Comprehensive Global Strategic Partnership and consolidate ties with Japan and Australia.
- The last time PM Modi visited the US was in September 2019 when he and then US President Donald Trump addressed the ‘Howdy Modi’ event in Houston.
- On his first visit abroad beyond the neighbourhood since the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak,
- The PM is accompanied by a high-level delegation including External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and National Security Adviser Ajit Doval.
PM Modi- Kamala Harris meeting
- PM Modi will hold bilateral engagements with VP Kamala Harris.
- This will be the Prime Minister’s first formal interaction with the US VP.
- PM Modi and Vice-President Harris had earlier spoken on the telephone in June this year.
- At their meeting at the White House, the Prime Minister and Vice-President Harris are expected to exchange views on bilateral, regional and global issues of mutual interest.
PM to meet CEOs
- The Prime Minister is also scheduled to meet a number of top executives of major American companies.
- According to news agency ANI, PM Modi will meet global CEOs in Washington DC.
- The Heads of Qualcomm, Adobe, First Solar, General Atomics and Blackstone to participate in the meeting.
Meeting with biden
- One of the highlights of PM Modi’s visit will be his first in-person bilateral meeting with US President Joe Biden at the White
- House in Washington on September 24.
- Foreign secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla had on Tuesday said the developments in Afghanistan will be extensively discussed in the bilateral talks between Modi and Biden and
- The Indian side will convey that Washington needs to continue focus on that country.
- The Afghan crisis and its implications
- China’s growing assertiveness
- Ways to stem radicalism and cross-border terrorism
- Expansion of the India-US global partnership
- How to bolster bilateral trade and investment ties
- Strengthen defence and security collaboration
- Boost the Strategic Clean Energy Partnership
- Explore new avenues and emerging technologies, including R&D, innovation and industry linkages.
- Both leaders have been in regular contact in recent months.
- It was in November that PM Modi had called to congratulate President Biden on his electoral victory.
- Since then, they have spoken in February and April this year.
Quad Leaders’ Summit
- PM Modi will participate in the first in-person Quad Leaders’ Summit along with President Biden, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Japanese Premier Yoshihide Suga on September 24.
- The Summit provides an opportunity for the four leaders to take stock of the outcomes of the Quad leaders’ Virtual Summit in March this year and identify priorities for future engagements based on our shared vision for the Indo-Pacific region, the PM said.
- After concluding his engagements in Washington, Modi will travel to New York on the evening of September 24 and address the 76th session of the UN General Assembly the next day.
- PM Modi in his statement before leaving for the US said that he will conclude his visit with an address at the United Nations General Assembly focusing on the pressing global challenges including,
- The COVID-19 pandemic, the need to combat terrorism, climate change and other important issues.
- The aircraft carrying PM Modi and the Indian delegation will fly over Pakistan’s airspace to avoid Afghanistan.
- This is the first time that Air India One (All), the call sign of India’s VVIP Boeing aircraft, has been deployed for US long haul direct flight.
- The new Boeing B-777 aircraft Extra Range (ER300) aircraft, which was recently modified for VVIP guests of India, is also equipped with advanced defence systems.
- Pakistan had previously denied permission to President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Modi to use Pakistan’s airspace thrice,
- To travel to foreign countries in 2019 after India abrogated Article 370 from Jammu and Kashmir.
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