PM Modi Arrives In Washington Ahead Of Quad, UN Address: 10 Points
M Modi was received at the airport by senior Biden officials and Envoy Taranjit Singh Sandhu
- Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who left for his three-day visit to the US Wednesday, arrived at the Joint Base Andrews in Washington DC as a crowd of Indian Americans, chanting his name and waving the Indian flag amid light showers, welcomed him. Despite heavy rains since early in the morning, a significant number of Indian Americans had gathered at the Andrews Joint Airforce Base to welcome the Prime Minister.
- PM Modi was received at the airport by senior officials of the Biden Administration and India's Ambassador to the US Taranjit Singh Sandhu.
- The PM, who is visiting the US for the 7th time since assuming office in 2014, said that the visit is an "occasion to strengthen our strategic partnership with the US and consolidate ties with Japan and Australia". He had added that in 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 interest.
- On the first in-person Quad Summit, PM Modi said his meeting with President Biden, Prime Minister Scott Morrison of Australia and Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga of Japan would provide an opportunity to take stock of the outcomes of a virtual summit in March and "identify priorities for future engagements based on our shared 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 further expansion of India-US global partnership are expected to be the central focus of the first in-person meeting between PM Modi and President Biden in Washington on September 24.
- PM Modi, in his first visit abroad beyond the neighbourhood since the COVID-19 pandemic outbreak, will be accompanied by a high-level delegation including External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and National Security Adviser Ajit Doval.
- A meeting with Vice President Kamala Harris, who traces her roots to India, is also on the itinerary. Referring to his first meet with her, PM Modi said he was "looking forward" to the talks to explore opportunities for cooperation, particularly in the area of science and technology. They had earlier spoken on telephone in June.
- The Prime Minister is also scheduled to meet a number of top executives of major American companies in Washington, including the heads of Qualcomm, Adobe, Blackstone, General Atomics and First Solar, reported news agency ANI.
- The PM will travel to New York on September 24 and address the United Nations General Assembly the next day. His speech will be centred on global challenges including the COVID-19 pandemic, the need to combat terrorism, climate change and other important issues.
- The last time PM Modi visited the US was in September 2019 when he and the then US President Donald Trump addressed the 'Howdy Modi' event in Houston.