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Modi, Biden’s bilateral meeting will strengthen Indo-US ties: White House official

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(Lalit K Jha)

Washington, Sep 21 (PTI) The first bilateral meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Joe Biden on September 24 will further strengthen the ties between the two countries and help give new impetus to the Quad grouping. A White House official said this.

He said that during this the two leaders will also have an opportunity to discuss the situation in Afghanistan and how the two countries can work together in fighting terrorism.

Biden will host Prime Minister Modi on September 24 at the White House for his first bilateral meeting. Later that day, Biden will host the first-ever direct summit of the Quad leaders at the White House along with Modi, Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga of Japan and Prime Minister Scott Morrison of Australia.

Since becoming US President in January, Biden has spoken to Prime Minister Modi through digital medium on several occasions. The last telephonic conversation between Prime Minister Modi and President Biden was on 26 April.

A White House official told PTI, “During the meeting, the two leaders will focus on strengthening the deep ties between their peoples and the shared democratic values ​​that have shaped the special relationship between the US and India for more than seven decades. The official said the Biden-Harris administration has helped to fight the climate crisis by working together to maintain a free and open Indo-Pacific, leading efforts to end the COVID-19 pandemic. We have enhanced our partnership with India by taking concrete action to address the issue.

Vice President Kamala Harris will meet Prime Minister Narendra Modi on September 23, the official said. This will be the first meeting between the two leaders. Harris had earlier spoken to Modi over the phone during the Kovid-19 crisis. Harris is the first woman of Indian origin to become the Vice President of the United States.

Modi’s meeting with Harris will come a day ahead of the Indian Prime Minister’s first bilateral meeting with President Joe Biden and the Quad Summit at the White House.

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Earlier, addressing a press conference, a senior administration official had said that the Biden-Modi meeting would be an opportunity to take it strongly from the perspective of strategic partnership with India.

The official said this can be done by working together to maintain a free and open Indo-Pacific region, by taking steps to contribute to the global solution to the COVID-19 pandemic and by taking concrete action to address the climate crisis. Is.

“The bilateral meeting between the US and India will help give impetus to the Quad discussions as discussions on many subjects are intertwined,” the official said.

He said the current situation in the strategically important Indo-Pacific region has been a key point of dialogue among global leaders amid growing Chinese aggression. A senior Biden administration official said, “In addition, in the bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Modi, the two leaders will have an overview of how the two leaders can work together to combat terrorism, the situation in Afghanistan and fighting common enemy terrorism, and many more.” There will be an opportunity to talk about regional issues and developments about which we can share views.

India and the US have been in touch with each other on the Afghanistan crisis since the Taliban capture of Kabul on August 15 this year.

Clarifying India’s views on the Afghan crisis, Modi had said that the transition to power in Afghanistan was not “inclusive” and therefore “collectively” and “collectively” the need for the global community to recognize the new order in the country in the wake of questions over its acceptability. Decisions must be taken “thoughtfully”. During his digital address at a meeting of the heads of state of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) and the Collective Security Treaty Organization on Afghanistan on September 17, Modi had also warned that the continuing instability and fundamentalism in Afghanistan would lead to the emergence of terrorist and extremist ideologies in the world. will promote.

The Biden administration official said the relationship between the US and India is much deeper than just the relationship between the governments of the two countries.

“It’s a relationship between two people. I think Prime Minister Modi and President Biden want to talk about ways to bring our countries even closer together at every level of interaction between our societies,” the official said.

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