US President Joe Biden has tweeted ahead of the bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. In this tweet, Joe Biden has revealed his agenda for talks with PM Modi. Biden said he would hold free and open Indo-Pacific talks with the Indian prime minister on the coronavirus pandemic. At present, talks are taking place between Joe Biden and PM Modi in the Oval Office of the White House. PM Modi will also participate in the Quad countries meeting at the White House at 11.30 tonight.
What did Biden write in the tweet?
Joe Biden wrote in his tweet that this morning I am hosting Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the White House for a bilateral meeting. I look forward to strengthening the deep ties between our two countries, maintaining a free and open Indo-Pacific and tackling everything from COVID-19 to climate change.
Modi-Biden first meeting
The two leaders have met before but Biden was the country’s Vice President at the time and this is the first time Biden and Modi will meet after becoming the 46th US President in January. Since Biden became president, the two leaders have had several phone conversations and have also participated in a few digital summits. These include the Quad meeting organized by the US President in March.
meeting in the White House
A senior official privy to the preparations for the first Biden-Modi meeting said, “President Biden looks forward to his bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Modi in the Oval Office on Friday morning ahead of the Quad Summit (to be held later in the day). On the condition of anonymity, the senior administrative official said that we will include many priority issues including their response to the pandemic response, climate change… We will be talking about technology related issues, economic cooperation and trade as well as Afghanistan. I will also talk.
Talks on Afghanistan also possible
Since the Taliban’s occupation of Afghanistan, India has been saying that its focus is on ensuring that the soil of the war-torn country is not used for terrorist activities against it. On the eve of the India-US bilateral summit, the official said the issues of talks also included discussions about new areas of cooperation. Before leaving on Wednesday, Modi had said that during his visit he would review the India-US Comprehensive Global Strategic Partnership with President Biden and exchange views on regional and global issues of mutual interest.