Modi in US LIVE Updates: PM, Biden hold bilateral talks in Washington; Quad Summit to begin shortly



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In Images | 'New chapter in India-US relations begins today': Modi and Biden at bilateral meet

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PM lauds Biden's efforts on COVID-19 and climate change

After assuming charge as the President of the US, you have taken some important initiatives. From COVID-19 to climate change to Quad, you have taken many unique initiatives. This will create a great impact in the future. Today we have the opportunity to discuss the issues and I'm convinced under your leadership," said Narendra Modi at the White House.

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Indian diaspora making active contribution towards US's progress: PM

This decade will be shaped by talent and people-to-people linkages. I am glad the Indian diaspora is making an active contribution towards US's progress, said Prime Minister Narendra Modi, adding, "Four million Indians make the US strong and better."

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India-US relationship destined to be stronger, closer, and tighter: Biden

US President Joe Biden said that the relationship between India and the US, the largest democracies in the world, is destined to be stronger, closer and tighter. “Four million Indian-Americans make the US stronger every day,” Biden told Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

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Biden's efforts on COVID-19, Quad and climate change are noteworthy: Modi

"Each of the subjects mentioned by President Joe Biden are crucial for the India-US friendship. His efforts on COVID-19, mitigating climate change and the Quad are noteworthy," Prime Minister Narendra Modi said at the White House.

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Trade will continue to play major role in India-US ties, PM tells Joe Biden 

"Between India and US, trade will continue to play a major role. There is much to be done in trade, it will be an important factor in India-US ties in the coming decade," Prime Minister Narendra Modi told Joe Biden during his meeting at the White House.

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New chapter on Indo-US ties begins: Biden

Today we begin a new chapter in Indo-US relationships. Four million Indian Americans are everyday making America stronger. I have known you for a long time I am glad that you have come back to the White House. You are well aware of our history, our relationship has always been good," said US President Joe Biden to Narendra Modi on Friday

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PM thanks Biden for vision for India-US relations

Minister Narendra Modi, who is meeting US President Joe Biden in the White House Friday said: "Earlier, we had an opportunity to hold discussions in 2014 and 2016. That time you had shared your vision for ties between India and US. I am glad to see you are working to realise this vision."

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Modi-Biden talks in Washington underway

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Joe Biden begin their first in-person bilateral meeting at the Oval Office in the White House on Friday

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India, US working for free and open Indo-Pacific: Biden

This morning I'm hosting Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the White House for a bilateral meeting. I look forward to strengthening the deep ties between our two nations, working to uphold a free and open Indo-Pacific, and tackling everything from COVID-19 to climate change, said President Joe Biden ahead of the meet.

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PM Modi arrives at the White House

Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived at the White House to hold a bilateral meeting with US President Joe Biden on Friday.

White House Acting Chief of Protocol will greet Modi at the West Wing door on his arrival, reported ANI. The prime minister and President Biden's hour-long meeting will take place at the Oval Office.

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Indian community gather outside White House ahead of Modi-Biden bilateral meet 

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'Quad will find no suppport': China slams member states ahead of first in-person summit 

Ahead of the first in-person Quad summit among the leaders of the US, India, Japan and Australia in Washington, China on Friday criticised the grouping, saying the formation of "exclusive closed cliques" runs against the trend of times and will find "no support".

Asked for China's reaction as the Quad summit is expected to address the challenges and rising risks Beijing poses in the Indo-Pacific region, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian told the media that the quadrilateral grouping should not target any third country and its interests.

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PM Modi gifts Kamala Harris copy of notifications related to her grandfather

Prime Minister Narendra Modi gifted US Vice President Kamala Harris a copy of old notifications related to her grandfather, who was a senior Indian government officer, in a wooden handicraft frame and a 'meenakari' chess set as they held their first in-person meeting, government sources said on Friday.

He described India and America as "natural partners” in his meeting with the vice president on Thursday at the White House during which they decided to further cement the Indo-US strategic partnership and discussed global issues of common interest, including threats to democracy and in the Indo-Pacific.

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First in-person meeting of Quad leaders at White House today

US President Joe Biden is hosting the first in-person Quad summit at the White House on 24 September to be attended by Modi, Suga and Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison.

Developments in Afghanistan, the COVID-19 pandemic and ways to expand cooperation for a free, open and inclusive Indo-Pacific are set to be the central focus of the four-nation grouping.

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Biden-Modi bilateral meet at White House soon

US President Joe Biden is looking forward to his first bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi today during which they are expected to discuss a wide range of priority issues, including combating COVID-19 and climate change, economic cooperation as well as Afghanistan, according to a senior administration official.

While the two leaders have met in-person earlier, when Joe Biden was the Vice President of the United States, this is for the first time that Joe Biden will be meeting Prime Minister Narendra Modi in-person after he became the 46th president of the US in January.

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Indo-US ties gone from strength to strength since Modi came to power: BJP

With Prime Minister Narendra Modi set for a bilateral meeting with US President Joe Biden, the BJP asserted on Friday that the India-US relations have gone from strength to strength over the last seven years irrespective of the change of government in that country.

Addressing a press conference in Delhi, BJP spokesperson and Rajya Sabha member Sudhanshu Trivedi noted that Modi will be meeting third US president as Indian prime minister and asserted that he has enjoyed same strong relations with every president and the government there irrespective of the party in power.

He has been projecting India's interests with the same intensity, Trivedi said, adding that his US trip is multi-dimensional.

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Modi, Japan's Suga for free, open Indo-Pacific

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Japanese counterpart Yoshihide Suga have reaffirmed the importance of maritime security towards the realisation of a "free and open" Indo-Pacific as they shared strong opposition to the economic coercion and unilateral attempts to change the status quo by force in the East and South China Seas, the Japanese Foreign Ministry said.

The two prime ministers reviewed the multi-faceted bilateral relationship and exchanged views on recent global developments, including in Afghanistan.

They agreed to enhance bilateral security and defence cooperation, including in the area of defence equipment and technologies, according to a statement issued by the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA).

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Modi, Australian PM agree on low emissions tech partnership

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has said he and his Indian counterpart and "dear friend" Narendra Modi have agreed on some important new initiatives, including low emissions technology partnership and ultra low cost solar programme, which will help in further deepening the economic ties between the two countries.

The meeting between Modi and Morrison held in Washington came a week after they spoke over phone and reviewed the rapid progress in the India-Australia Comprehensive Strategic Partnership, including through the recent 'two-plus-two' dialogue, and exchanged views on regional developments and the forthcoming Quad meeting to be hosted by US President Joe Biden later in the day.

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PM Modi to address Global Citizen Live event tomorrow

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will deliver a video address at "Global Citizen Live" on Saturday evening, his office has said. The Prime Minister's Office noted that Global Citizen is a advocacy organisation that is working to end extreme poverty.

It will be a 24-hour event and held across Saturday and Sunday, and will involve live events in major cities including Mumbai, New York, Paris, Rio De Janeiro, Sydney, Los Angeles, Lagos and Seoul, the PMO said, adding that the event will be broadcast in 120 countries and over multiple social media channels.

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PM to attend first in-person Quad summit today 

After his bilaleral talks with Joe Biden, Prime Minster Narendra Modi will attend the first in-person Quad summit hosted by the US resident.

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga too will attend the summit. The Quad summit aims to boost cooperation in the Indo-Pacific region amid China's growing dominance in the area.

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RECAP | PM Modi's engagements during US visit so far

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How Kamala Harris exposed Pakistan's poor handling of terrorism during meeting with PM Modi

United States vice president Kamala Harris, during her maiden meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, ‘suo moto’ referred to Pakistan's role in terrorism.

In her meeting with Modi at the White House on Thursday she spoke of the terror groups working in the country and asked Islamabad to take action so that it does not impact on America and India's security.

Confirming the same, Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla said: “When the issue of terrorism came up, the vice president suo motu referred Pakistan's role in that regard (of terrorism)."

"She asked Pakistan to take action so that this will not impact on US security and that of India. She agreed with the prime minister's briefing on the fact of cross border terrorism, and the fact that India has been a victim of terrorism for several decades now and on the need to rein in, and closely monitor Pakistan's support for such terrorist groups," Shringla said.

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Quad leaders to announce working group on space, 5G deployment 

Leaders of Quad countries – Australia, India, Japan and the US – would announce a new working group on space, a supply chain initiative and a 5G deployment and diversification effort apart from discussing issues like challenges in the Indo Pacific, climate change and COVID-19 pandemic during their historic meeting here on Friday, the White House has said.

At the invitation of President Joe Biden, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his counterparts Scott Morrison from Australia and Yoshihide Suga from Japan have gathered in the American capital for the first-ever in-person Quad summit at the White House.

Quad leaders are also planning to roll out vaccine deliverables and announce a series of measures in the field of healthcare and infrastructure sector, officials said.

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Kamala Harris to host meeting with Quad leaders

US Vice President Kamala Harris would host a separate meeting with the prime ministers of three Quad countries – India, Australia and Japan – at the White House to discuss with them the important factors for democracies to go forward.

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Joe Biden to host Indo-Pacific leaders as China concerns grow

US President Joe Biden is set to host the first in-person gathering of leaders of an Indo-Pacific alliance known as " the Quad" on Friday, wrapping up a tough week of diplomacy in which he faced no shortage of criticism from both allies and adversaries.

Biden's meeting with leaders from India, Japan and Australia at the White House gives the US president a chance to put the spotlight on a central aim of his foreign policy: turning greater attention to the Pacific in the face of what the US sees as China's coercive economic practices and unsettling military maneuvering in the region. The four leaders' talks are also expected to center on climate, COVID-19 response and cyber security.

Before the summit, the Japanese and Indian governments welcomed a recent announcement that the US, as part of a separate new alliance with Britain and Australia, would equip Australia with nuclear-powered submarines.

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In tweet to Joe Biden, Rakesh Tikait seeks US help on farm laws

Bharatiya Kisan Union leader Rakesh Tikait on Friday urged United States president Joe Biden to focus on the concerns of the Indian farmers during his meeting with Modi.

Seeking support, the national spokesperson of the Bharatiya Kisan Union claimed that over 750 farmers have lost their lives during the stir against the contentious new farm laws, but the Centre is still not willing to reconsider the legislations.

He also appealed to Indians living in the US to hold a protest during Prime Minister Narendra Modi's programme in New York on Saturday.

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Modi and Biden to review 'robust' India-US ties during meeting

Foreign Secretary Harsh V Shringla had earlier informed that Narendra Modi and Joe Biden will review "robust and multifaceted" India-US bilateral ties and will hold a discussion to bolster bilateral trade and investment ties. Both leaders will discuss the current regional security situation following the recent developments in Afghanistan in a bilateral meeting on 24 September, he had said.

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Modi to hold bilateral meeting with Joe Biden today

In one of the highly-anticipated engagements of his three-day US visit, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will hold a bilateral meeting with President Joe Biden at the White House on Friday.

This will be the first in-person meeting between the two leaders after Biden took over as the US President on 20 January.

In a departure statement ahead of his US visit, Modi had said that he will review the India-US Comprehensive Global Strategic Partnership with President Biden and exchange views on regional and global issues of mutual interest.

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From Indo-Pacific to climate change, key points discussed in Modi-Harris meet

India and America are "natural partners" and the two countries have similar values, geopolitical interests, and our coordination and cooperation is also increasing, said Prime Minister Narendra Modi as he held the first in-person meeting with US Vice-President Kamala Harris at the White House on Thursday. The two leaders reinforced their bilateral strategic partnership and discussed issues of mutual and global interest.

The two leaders shared a stage as they delivered a joint statement as a prelude to their planned engagement. The leaders did not go into specifics on any of the issues that found mention, but their joint comments were noteworthy nonetheless as they highlighted key areas of cooperation.

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On Day 2, PM to attend Quad Leaders' Summit in Washington

Prime Minister Narendra Modi will participate in the first in-person Quad leaders meeting along with leaders of the US, Japan, and Australia in Washington on Friday. The summit will be hosted by US President Joe Biden.

In a statement, the Ministry of External Affairs said PM Modi along with US President Joe Biden, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, and their Japanese counterpart Yoshihide Suga will review the Quad Vaccine initiative which was announced in March this year, as part of their ongoing efforts to contain the COVID-19 pandemic.

The leaders will review progress made since their first virtual Summit on March 12, 2021, and discuss regional issues of shared interest. They will also exchange views on contemporary global issues such as critical and emerging technologies, connectivity and infrastructure, cyber security, maritime security, humanitarian assistance, disaster relief, climate change, and education.

PM Modi US visit LATEST Updates: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will later tonight attend the first in-person Quad summit hosted by the US President. Australian PM Scott Morrison and Japanese PM Yoshihide Suga too will attend the summit.

Modi in US, UNGA summit LIVE Updates: I am glad the Indian diaspora is making an active contribution towards US’s progress, said PM Modi, adding, ‘Four million Indians make the US strong and better.’

PM Modi praised the US president for his efforts on handling COVID-19, mitigating climate change and the Quad.

The two leaders are expected to discuss a wide range of priority issues, including combating COVID-19 and climate change, economic cooperation as well as Afghanistan.

White House Acting Chief of Protocol will greet Modi at the West Wing door on his arrival, reported ANI. The prime minister and President Biden’s hour-long meeting will take place at the Oval Office.

After his bilaleral talks with Joe Biden, Prime Minster Narendra Modi will attend the first in-person Quad summit hosted by the US resident.

Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga too will attend the summit.

In a statement, the Ministry of External Affairs said PM Modi along with US President Joe Biden, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, and their Japanese counterpart Yoshihide Suga will review the Quad Vaccine initiative which was announced in March this year, as part of their ongoing efforts to contain the COVID-19 pandemic.

The leaders will review progress made since their first virtual Summit on 12 March, 2021, and discuss regional issues of shared interest. They will also exchange views on contemporary global issues such as critical and emerging technologies, connectivity and infrastructure, cyber security, maritime security, humanitarian assistance, disaster relief, climate change, and education.

The Quad consists of four countries: the United States, Australia, India, and Japan and works on a far broader agenda including — tackling security, economic, and health issues.

The Summit on Friday would provide a valuable opportunity for dialogue and interactions among the leaders, anchored in their shared vision of ensuring a free, open, and inclusive Indo-Pacific region.

A US official has said that hosting the Quad fundamentally is a demonstration of the priority of engaging in the Indo-Pacific, including through new multilateral configurations designed to focus on 21st-century challenges.

Ahead of his Quad meeting, Modi met his Australian counterpart Scott Morrison, US Vice President Kamala Harris, Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga and held meetings with five global CEOs for potential investment in India.

On 12 March, the first-ever virtual summit of the top leaders of Quad comprising of PM Modi, United States President Joe Biden, Japanese Prime Minister Suga, and Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison took place.

During the first Quadrilateral Security Dialogue (Quad), the four leaders stressed a free, open, and rule-based Indo-Pacific region that is “anchored by democratic values, and unconstrained by coercion”.

Prime Minister Modi arrived in Washington on Wednesday for his much-touted US visit. He had earlier addressed the Global COVID-19 Summit called by US President Biden.

The Prime Minister held meetings with his Japanese counterpart Yoshihide Suga, Australian PM Scott Morrison, US Vice President Kamala Harris and held meetings with five global CEOs for potential investment in India on Thursday. He also held delegation-level talks with Harris.

Biden is scheduled to host PMModi at the White House on September 24. This is going to be the first in-person meeting between the two leaders after Biden took over as the US President on January 20.

Modi’s US visit will conclude on September 25 with an address at the United Nations General Assembly focusing on the pressing global challenges including the Covid-19 pandemic, the need to combat terrorism, climate change, and other important issues. Modi is accompanied by a high-level delegation comprising National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla, and senior officials.

The high-level session of the UNGA began on Tuesday in New York. The theme for this year’s General Debate is ‘Building Resilience through hope to recover from COVID-19, rebuild sustainably, respond to the needs of the planet, respect the rights of people, and revitalise the United Nations’.

Ahead of leaving for the US to participate in Quad Leaders’ Summit, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday said his visit will be an occasion to strengthen the strategic partnership with the United States, Japan, and Australia.



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