Modi arrives in US,
says visit an occasion
to strengthen global ties

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WASHINGTON: India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in Washington on a three-day visit to the US. He was received at the airport by India’s Ambassador to the US, Taranjit Singh Sandhu, the Defence attache including Brigadier Anoop Singhal, Air Commodore Anjan Bhadra, naval attache Commodore Nirbhaya Bapna, along with the US Dy Secy of State for Management & Resources, TH Brian McKeon.

There were heavy rains since early in the morning, but a significant number of Indian Americans were there at the Andrews Joint Airforce Base to welcome the PM. They were chanting his name and waving the Indian flag.

WASHINGTON: India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi interacts with the Indian-Americans on his arrival, at Joint Base Andrews, in Washington DC on Wednesday. (ANI Photo)

At one point Modi also got down from his car to interact with members of the Indian community waiting there. He was seen smiling and shaking hands with some of them.

Indian Americans constitute more than 1.2 percent of the US population, and Modi is popular among them. “Our diaspora is our strength,” he tweeted. This time, however, because of the current Covid situation, he is unlikely to have large meetings with them.

Visit to US an occasion to strengthen global strategic ties

Ahead of leaving for the US to participate in Quad Leaders’ Summit, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday said his visit will be an occasion to strengthen the strategic partnership with the United States, Japan and Australia.
“I will be visiting the USA from September 22 to September 25, 2021, at the invitation of His Excellency President Joe Biden of the United States of America. 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,” Prime Minister said in his Departure Statement ahead of his visit to the US. “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,” he added.

NEW DELHI: Prime Minister Narendra Modi goes through papers and file work as he is en route to the United States for a 3-day visit, on Wednesday. (ANI Photo)

Prime Minister Modi also said he will participate in the first in-person Quad Leaders’ Summit along with President Biden, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga.
“I will also meet Prime Minister Morrison of Australia and Prime Minister Suga of Japan to take stock of the strong bilateral relations with their respective countries and continue our useful exchanges on regional and global issues,” said the PM.
The Prime Minister 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.
PM Modi said the summit provides an opportunity to take stock of the outcomes of the virtual summit in March this year and identify priorities for future engagements based on the shared vision for the Indo-Pacific region.
“My visit to the US would be an occasion to strengthen the Comprehensive Global Strategic Partnership with the USA, consolidate relations with our strategic partners – Japan and Australia – and to take forward our collaboration on important global issues,” he emphasised.
Prime Minister Modi will be leaving for his three-day visit to the US on Wednesday. The main elements of his visit are bilateral meetings with the US leadership, participation in the Quad Leaders’ Summit, address at the UN General Assembly and business interactions.
PM Modi is accompanied by a high-level delegation including the External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and National Security Advisor Ajit Doval.
Quad is a partnership among four like-minded countries (India, US, Japan and Australia), in the pursuit of common interests in striving for a free open and inclusive Indo-Pacific region.
Notably, this will be the Prime Minister’s first visit abroad, beyond the neighbourhood, since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. He had made a brief visit to Bangladesh in March this year.

NEW DELHI: India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi leaves New Delhi for US on Wednesday.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address the UN General Assembly and attend the Quad Summit as well as hold a bilateral meet with US President Joe Biden at the White House.
Biden will host PM Modi at the White House on September 24, this is going to be the first in-person meeting between the two leaders after Biden took over as the US President on January 20. As per the statement issued by Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla, PM Modi and President Biden are expected to discuss ways to stem radicalisation and combat terrorism. They are also expected to discuss ways to bolster defence, trade ties, security collaborations and clean energy partnership among others,”
PM Modi and Biden will discuss the current regional security situation following the recent developments in Afghanistan.

NEW YORK: (L-R) External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar, and his counterparts Toshimitsu Motegi (Japan), Heiko Maas (Germany), and Carlos Alberto França (Brazil) in a group photo during G4 meeting, in New York on Thursday. G4 is a group in the United Nations that supports each other bid for a permanent seat in the UNSC. (ANI Photo)

PM Modi will also hold business interactions during his US visit from September 22-25.
Prime Minister Modi will attend the first in-person summit of the Quad hosted by the US President on Friday, which will be attended by Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga of Japan and Prime Minister Scott Morrison of Australia.
PM Modi will address the General Debate of the High-Level Segment of 76th Session of UN General Assembly (UNGA) on September 25 in New York.
The theme for this year’s general debate is building resilience through hope to recover from COVID-19, rebuild sustainability, respond to the needs of the planet, respect the rights of people and revitalise the United Nations.