Modi-Biden meeting expected to discuss trade, security

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Joe Biden will hold their first bilateral meeting in Washington on September 24 to discuss trade, investment, defense and security issues, Foreign Secretary Harshvardhan Sringala said.

Modi is leaving for the US on Wednesday and will return on Sunday. The Modi-Biden meeting will focus on regional issues, including fundamentalism and the fight against terrorism. The situation in Afghanistan will also be a topic of discussion at the meeting. Modi will also hold talks with CEOs of US companies. Asked what effect the US-Australia-UK security partnership would have on the Quad Group, he said the nature of the two groups was different and could not be interpreted as such.

Modi had earlier visited the US in September 2019, when the Howdy Modi event was held in Houston. Biden and Modi were present at the first virtual summit of the quad leaders in March, but it was not a face-to-face meeting. The two leaders will also discuss cyber security, disaster management, climate change, education, maritime security, infrastructure and new technologies. The situation in the Indo-Pacific region will also be discussed. Prime Minister Modi will attend the UN General Assembly on September 25 after concluding his program in Washington. He will address the 76th session of the General Assembly on September 25 in New York.


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