Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday emplaned for his go to to america that he described could be an “event to strengthen Indo-US ties”.
“On the invitation of Joe Biden, I’m visiting the USA to proceed our dialogue, and trade views on areas of mutual curiosity. Additionally trying ahead to assembly Vice President Kamala Harris to debate international points and discover concepts for cooperation between India and US,” Modi tweeted.
— India in USA (@IndianEmbassyUS) September 21, 2021
Throughout his journey, Prime Minister Modi will go to each Washington and New York. In a press release simply earlier than leaving for the US, Modi mentioned he’ll conclude his go to with an deal with on the United Nations Common Meeting specializing in the urgent international challenges together with the Covid-19 pandemic, the necessity to fight terrorism, local weather change, and different necessary points.
Right here’s what the PM’s schedule seems to be like
Assembly with Joe Biden
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will first attend a summit hosted by Biden on Covid-19 on Wednesday itself. This will likely be their first in-person assembly since Biden assumed workplace in January this 12 months, though they’ve spoken thrice since November and took part in digital summits.
PM Modi was imagined to journey to the UK for the G-7 summit the place he may have met Biden, however needed to cancel the journey because of the second Covid-19 wave throughout India.
Biden would then host Modi for his or her first in-person bilateral assembly on the White Home on September 24.
On Tuesday, Overseas Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla mentioned the Afghanistan situation was additionally on the agenda of the Quad and bilateral between Modi and Biden, together with terrorism.
He mentioned the assembly will talk about the “present regional safety state of affairs following latest developments in Afghanistan”, contemplating India’s stakes as a “neighbour and a longstanding and most well-liked improvement accomplice of the individuals of Afghanistan”.
Throughout their assembly on September 23, Shringla mentioned, the 2 leaders will evaluate the “strong and multifaceted” India-US bilateral relationship. “They can even talk about how the excellent strategic international partnership between our two international locations may be enriched additional. The 2 leaders are anticipated to debate methods to bolster bilateral commerce and funding ties, strengthen defence and safety collaboration, increase strategic clear vitality partnership, discover new avenues in rising applied sciences, together with via R&D, innovation, and trade linkages.”
Assembly with US Vice-President Kamala Harris
PM Modi can even meet Vice-President Kamala Harris. This will likely be Modi’s first formal interplay with the primary Indian-origin VP within the US administration.
“I’m additionally trying ahead to assembly Vice President Kamala Harris to discover alternatives for cooperation between our two nations notably within the space of science and expertise,” a press release from the Prime Minister’s workplace mentioned earlier than his departure.
On the invitation of @POTUS @JoeBiden, I’m visiting USA to proceed our dialogue, and trade views on areas of mutual curiosity. Additionally trying ahead to fulfill @VP @KamalaHarris to debate international points and discover concepts for cooperation between ????????.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) September 22, 2021
In keeping with Shringla, Modi and Harris are additionally more likely to trade views on bilateral, regional, and international problems with mutual curiosity.
Harris had referred to as up Modi in June this 12 months for the availability of Covid-19 vaccines.
Modi can even take part within the first in-person Quad Leaders’ Summit together with President Biden, Prime Minister Scott Morrison of Australia, and Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga of Japan.
“The Summit supplies a possibility to take inventory of the outcomes of our Digital Summit in March this 12 months and determine priorities for future engagements primarily based on our shared imaginative and prescient for the Indo-Pacific area,” the PMO mentioned.
Earlier whereas asserting the Quad assembly, the Biden administration had talked about elevating the Quad was a “precedence”.
“Internet hosting the leaders of the Quad demonstrates the Biden-Harris Administration’s precedence of participating within the Indo-Pacific, together with via new multilateral configurations to fulfill the challenges of the 21st century,” a press release from the White Home had mentioned.
“The Quad Leaders will likely be centered on deepening our ties and advancing sensible cooperation on areas similar to combatting COVID-19, addressing the local weather disaster, partnering on rising applied sciences and our on-line world, and selling a free and open Indo-Pacific,” it mentioned.
Together with the Quad assembly, Prime Minister Modi can even maintain a bilateral assembly with Morrison and Suga.
UNGA deal with
Following his engagements in Washington, Prime Minister Modi will then journey to New York to handle the continuing 76th session of the United Nations Common Meeting on September 24.
In keeping with the discharge by the PMO, Modi’s speech on the UNGA will give attention to the urgent international challenges together with the Covid-19 pandemic, the necessity to fight terrorism, local weather change, and different necessary points.
Throughout his go to, the prime minister will likely be accompanied by Exterior Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and NSA Ajit Doval. Jaishankar is at present in New York, and just lately met his counterparts from France, Australia, UK, Norway, and Iraq amongst others.
Prime Minister Modi can be anticipated to fulfill some enterprise CEOs throughout his go to, earlier than returning again to India on September 25.
In keeping with news company ANI, the PM will meet the Heads of Qualcomm, Adobe, First Photo voltaic, Common Atomics, and Blackstone in Washington on September 23.
Modi final visited the US in September 2019, when then US President Donald Trump had addressed the Howdy Modi occasion – the Prime Minister’s “abki baar Trump sarkar” line had not gone down properly with the Democratic celebration’s institution.
Two years since, it is going to be an effort to succeed in out to the Democratic institution, which has been fairly vocal in regards to the human rights state of affairs in Jammu and Kashmir.