In a first-time in-person bilateral meeting, President Joe Biden is all set to host Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the White House on September 24 in a move to further strengthen the close relationship between the two countries, confirmed the senior US official said on Monday.
As per the schedule, Modi is expected to speak at the debate on September 25 while US Vice President Kamala Harris who has Indian roots will meet with Prime Minister Modi on September 23. Biden will also meet Japanese Prime Minister Suga Yoshihide on September 24.
“The Biden-Harris Administration has enhanced our global partnership with India by working together to uphold a free and open Indo-Pacific, leading efforts to end the COVID-19 pandemic, and taking concerted action to address the climate crisis,” the official said.
The two bilaterals are expected to provide clarity, among other things, on the new AUKUS alliance involving Australia, UK, and the US, aimed ostensibly at countering China’s growing influence in the Indo-Pacific region. Beyond the Quad meeting, which is expected to discuss issues such as climate change, Covid-19/vaccine supply, and technology transfer issue.
In March, PM Modi traveled to Bangladesh to attend events organized to mark the birth centenary of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman and 50 years of the War of Liberation of that country.