- Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who left for his three-day visit to the United States on Wednesday, arrived at Joint Base Andrews in Washington DC as a crowd of American Indians chanting his name and waving the Indian flag at the amid light showers, greeted him. Despite heavy rains since early in the morning, a significant number of American Indians had gathered at Andrews Joint Air Force Base to welcome the Prime Minister.
- Prime Minister Modi was received at the airport by senior officials of the Biden administration and Indian Ambassador to the United States Taranjit Singh Sandhu.
- The Prime Minister, who is visiting the United States for the 7th time since taking office in 2014, said the visit is an “opportunity to strengthen our strategic partnership with the United States and to strengthen ties with Japan and Australia “. He added that during his meeting with President Biden, he would review the India-US comprehensive global strategic partnership and exchange views on regional and global issues of mutual concern.
- During the first Quad Summit in person, Prime Minister Modi said his meeting with President Biden, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga of Japan would provide an opportunity to take stock of the results of a virtual summit in March and “to identify priorities for future engagements on the basis of our common vision for the Indo-Pacific region”.
- The Afghan situation and its implications, China’s growing assertiveness, ways to stem radicalism and cross-border terrorism, and the further expansion of the Indo-American global partnership are expected to be the focus of the first meeting. in person between Prime Minister Modi and President Biden. in Washington on September 24.
- Prime Minister Modi, on his first overseas visit beyond the neighborhood since the COVID-19 pandemic epidemic, will be accompanied by a high-level delegation including Foreign Minister S Jaishankar and the advisor to national security Ajit Doval.
- A meeting with Vice-President Kamala Harris, whose roots go back to India, is also on the program. Referring to his first meeting with her, Prime Minister Modi said he “looked forward to” the talks to explore opportunities for cooperation, especially in the field of science and technology. They had already spoken on the phone in June.
- The prime minister is also due to meet in Washington with a number of top executives from major US companies, including executives from Qualcomm, Adobe, Blackstone, General Atomics and First Solar, ANI news agency reported.
- The Prime Minister will visit New York on September 24 and address the United Nations General Assembly the following day. His speech will focus on global challenges, including the COVID-19 pandemic, the need to fight terrorism, climate change and other important issues.
- The last time Prime Minister Modi visited the United States was in September 2019, when he and then US President Donald Trump spoke at the “Howdy Modi In Houston.