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Modi’s meeting with Kamala Harris memorable moment for Indian-Americans: US newspaper

(Lalit K Jha)

Washington, Sep 23 (PTI) Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s meeting with US Vice President Kamala Harris to be held at the White House on Thursday afternoon was described by a leading US newspaper in Harris’s home state as a “memorable” moment for Indian Americans. Told.

‘The Los Angeles Times’ newspaper wrote that America’s first Indian-American Vice President Harris (56) will meet Modi on Thursday and with this she will be the highest ‘ranking’ to welcome the leader of the country, one of America’s most important allies. Will become Indian-American.

This will be Harris’ first meeting with Modi (71). The Modi-led government has not only defended the interests of the NRIs, but has never hesitated to raise matters of their interests at the world level as well. The Prime Minister himself interacts with Indian communities during foreign visits.

Milan Vaishnav, director of the South Asia program at the Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, told the California-based newspaper, “This (Modi-Harris meeting) represents a memorable moment for the community. This community now comprises more than 40 lakh people.


“This meeting between the leaders is taking place at a time when the Biden administration is considering the policy of (former US President Donald) Trump’s administration to respond to China’s growing power by building economic and military ties in the region,” the newspaper said. Moving forward, we are getting closer to India and other Asian and Pacific countries.

Harris spoke to Modi over the phone on June 3. Sources said that this will be the first face-to-face meeting between them, for which an hour has been fixed.

A White House official said that Harris will further strengthen the strategic partnership between the US and India during this meeting.

The official told PTI-language, “This meeting will take forward the telephonic conversation between the two leaders on June 3 regarding the handling of Kovid-19. During this, the two leaders will also discuss issues of democracy, human rights, climate and global health.

Karthik Ramakrishnan, a professor of public policy at UC Riverside, has been tracking Indian-American public opinion since 2008. He told The Los Angeles Times that he believes Indian-Americans interested in foreign policy will keep a close eye on the meeting.

Harris’s parents were both expatriates. His black father Donald Harris was a citizen of Jamaica and his mother Shyamala Gopalan was a resident of Chennai (India). She was a cancer researcher and civil rights activist.


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