PM Modi who has flew to the US to participate in the the first in-person summit of Quad leaders received a warm welcome from American. The crowd was seen so ecstatic and chanting PM Modi’s name. Despite heavy rainfall Indians were waiting at the airport to welcome Modi.
This is his first foreign visit after the pandemic hit the country. PM Modi was welcomed by India’s Ambassador to the US, Taranjit Singh Sandhu, along with the Defence attache, including Brigadier Anoop Singhal, Air Commodore Anjan Bhadra and naval attache Commodore Nirbhaya Bapna.
“Landed in Washington DC. Over the next two days, will be meeting @POTUS @JoeBiden and @VP @KamalaHarris, Prime Ministers @ScottMorrisonMP and @sugawitter. Will attend the Quad meeting and would also interact with leading CEOs to highlight economic opportunities in India,” Modi tweeted.
PM Modi during his three-day US visit, will address the 76th session of UN General Assembly in New York and attend the Quad Leaders’ Summit as well as hold a bilateral meet with US President Joe Biden at the White House. On President Biden’s invitation PM Modi will participate in the first in-person summit of Quad leaders.
This is going to be the first in-person meeting between the two leaders after the Biden took over US. President Biden will host PM Modi at the White House tomorrow. Prime Minister Modi has a packed agenda for 3 days. This is his 7th time visit to the US since 2014.
“Namaste USA! PM @narendramodi was greeted on arrival by Shri Taranjit Singh Sandhu, Ambassador of India to USA and Mr. T. H. Brian McKeon, US Deputy Secretary of State for Management and Resources,” Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) Spokesperson Arindam Bagchi tweeted.
“Exuberant members of the Indian diaspora welcoming PM @narendramodi upon landing in Washington D.C,” Bagchi tweeted along with pictures of Modi interacting with Indian-Americans.
On September 23, during the meeting, Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla said, the two leaders will review the “robust and multifaceted” India-US bilateral relationship. “They will also discuss how the comprehensive strategic global partnership between our two countries can be enriched further. The two leaders are expected to discuss how to bolster bilateral trade and investment ties, strengthen defence and security collaboration, boost strategic clean energy partnership, explore new avenues in emerging technologies, including through R&D, innovation, and industry linkages”.
On September 24, Joe Biden will host Modi at the White House for their first bilateral meeting on September 24. Later, Biden will host the first-ever in-person Quad Leaders’ Summit with Modi, Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga and Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison. The PMO said, “The Summit provides an opportunity to take stock of the outcomes of our Virtual Summit in March this year and identify priorities for future engagements based on our shared vision for the Indo-Pacific region.”
After biden became President in January, Both the leaders have spoken virtually on many occasions. The virtual conversation between them took place on April 26.
Prime Minister Modi will also hold bilateral meetings with Prime Minister Suga and Prime Minister Morrison and take stock of the strong bilateral relations. In his departure statement, he said, “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.”
Modi’s speech at the UNGA will focus on the alarming global challenges including the Covid-19 pandemic, the need to handle terrorism, climate change, and other important issues, according to the release by the PMO.
PM Modi will also attend meeting with five top executives from the US. These include Stephen A Schwarzman from Blackstone, Cristiano E Amon from Qualcomm, Mark Widmar from First Solar, Shantanu Narayen from Adobe and Vivek Lall from General Atomics.
However, due to Covid-19 restrictions, no large event for the prime minister is being planned.