Recognising India’s significance
In acknowledgment of India’s growing global clout, Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been invited by President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden for a State visit, which will include a State dinner on June 22.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s first state visit to the US this month is expected to be a watershed moment for Indo-US ties and both sides are working on a robust document to set the tone for the future, people familiar with the matter told news agency PTI.The Prime Minister will travel to US on
During Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s upcoming visit to the United States, discussions between him and President Joe Biden will center around strengthening their commitment to a free, open, prosperous, and secure Indo-Pacific region. The two leaders will also emphasize their shared determination to
WASHINGTON:Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the US this month will set new benchmarks for bilateral ties and some “really big, historic and exciting” announcements are likely to be made on defence cooperation and boosting India’s indigenous military industrial base, the Pentagon has said.
Washington, Jun 7 (PTI) The upcoming Official State visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to the US will affirm the deep and close partnership between the two countries and the warm bonds of family and friendship that link Americans and Indians together, the White House said Wednesday.
WASHINGTON: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address a gathering of Indian Americans from across the US in Washington on June 23 on the role of diaspora in India’s growth story, an eminent community leader has said. Prime Minister Modi is visiting the US from June 21-24 at the invitation of US
PM Modi has visited the US six times since 2014 — meeting three presidents: Barack Obama, Donald Trump and Joe Biden — but this will be his first State visit, an honour reserved for America’s closest allies and friends.
PM Modi is only the third Indian leader to be invited by the US for an official State visit — President S Radhakrishnan was invited in June 1963 and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in November 2009.
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He is also only the third foreign leader invited by President Biden, reflecting the significance given by him to India-US relationship and his friendship with PM Modi.
On June 23, PM Modi will also address a joint meeting of the US Congress, becoming only the third world leader, outside of Israel, to make such an address twice. PM Modi earlier addressed the US Congress in 2016 during the Obama administration.
‘A historic visit’
PM Modi’s upcoming State visit is expected to be a watershed moment for Indo-US ties and both sides are working on a robust strategic relations document that will set the tone for decades to come.
“There’s tremendous enthusiasm and excitement about the upcoming visit. Large numbers of stakeholders in the US-India relationship are all coming to Washington to take necessary steps to take the bilateral relationship even further,” said Kurt Campbell, deputy assistant to Biden and coordinator for the Indo-Pacific.
“There really is a rare sense of anticipation for what we believe will be a historic visit,” he added.
‘No better partner than India’
A senior official of the US administration said that President Biden believes there can be no better partner than India, “which plays an increasingly important role in every element of global politics”.
“The President believes there is perhaps more upside in the US-India relationship than any other bilateral relationship for the US on the planet. I also think he fully recognises as we look forward in the 21st century … if you have to build a partnership for this incredibly challenging period … there’s no better partner than India,” said the official.
“I think what we are finding on so many issues, whether it is technology, climate change or defence, the US and India share similar perspectives,” said the official.
Further, the president enjoys his relationship with the prime minister. “I think it would be fair to say that the President has gotten to know Prime Minister Modi through close association with him at the QUAD and a number of meetings in global engagements. And obviously… in Washington as well,” said the official.
As the State visit nears, officials in New Delhi and Washington DC are scrambling to finalise a joint statement, which is being described as a robust outcome document that will shape the nature and contours of the Indo-US relationship for decades to come.
The joint statement will touch upon key focus areas such as technology, space and defence. All the sectors are likely to have a personal touch of PM Modi, who has insisted that these be linked to the development and welfare of the people.
A concrete set of deliverables are also likely to appear in the outcome documents that are being prepared.
While the outcome document is likely to include things that will accelerate cooperation across sectors, the main takeaway will be the concretisation of trust and confidence between the two nations at a level never seen before.
Laying out the red carpet
Prime Minister Modi will fly into Washington on June 21 from New York after attending the International Yoga Day celebrations.
The official visit will begin with President Biden hosting a state dinner for PM Modi on June 22.
Over the next two days, the two leaders will spend several hours together, beginning with a welcome ceremony on the South Lawns of the White House.
After the welcome ceremony, which would be addressed by the two leaders, Biden and Modi are then expected to walk towards the Oval Office for a one-on-one talk followed by a delegation-level meeting in the Cabinet meeting room.
On June 23, PM Modi will address a joint meeting of the US Congress.
Vice President Kamala Harris will host the PM for lunch on June 23 at the Foggy Bottom headquarters of the State Department, which is being co-hosted by the Secretary of State Antony Blinken and the Second Gentleman. The two leaders are likely to deliver remarks during the luncheon.
Interaction with the diaspora and the business community is one of the hallmarks of the PM’s overseas trips, which is expected to consume most of the day’s proceedings on June 23.
In between, several Cabinet ministers in the Biden administration and key leaders are likely to call on the Prime Minister for meetings.
(With inputs from agencies)