This Article is From Sep 09, 2023

PM Modi's Private Dinner For President Biden, Bilateral Talks On India-US Ties

The White House is keen to show the US can deliver for the world at this summit, which comes as emerging economies band together - in groups like BRICS - to ensure their concerns are heard.

PM Modi and Joe Biden will meet later today at the former's residence. (file)

New Delhi:

Prime Minister Narendra Modi met United States President Joe Biden for a bilateral discussion at his residence in Delhi late on Friday evening, shortly after Mr Biden's Air Force One landed in Delhi ahead of the weekend's G20 Summit. The Prime Minister's Office shared photos of the two leaders holding talks on "a wide range of issues (that) will further deepen bond between India and the US".

Sources in the Indian government said that, during the meeting, PM Modi conveyed his appreciation for President Biden's vision and commitment to further strengthening "the India-US Comprehensive Global Strategic Partnership, which is based on shared democratic values, strategic convergences and strong people-to-people ties".

They said the leaders commended the progress in implementing the outcomes of PM Modi's visit to the US in June 2023, including under the India-US Initiative for Critical and Emerging Technology (iCET). 

"They welcomed the sustained momentum in bilateral cooperation, including in the areas of defence, trade, investment, education, health, research, innovation, culture and people-to-people ties," an official said. 

President Biden also highlighted the deepening cooperation between the two countries in space and congratulated PM Modi and the people of India on the success of the Chandrayaan-3 mission.

The leaders agreed that the India-US partnership was beneficial not only for the people of the two countries, but also for the global good. The sources said the PM also thanked Mr Biden for the consistent support given by the United States in ensuring the success of India's G20 Presidency.

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Earlier today, before he set off for India, Mr Biden posted on X (formerly Twitter) that "every time we (the G20) engage, we get better". "I'm headed to the G20 - the premier forum for international economic cooperation... focused on making progress on Americans' priorities, delivering for developing nations, and showing our commitment to the G20 as a forum that can deliver," he said.

Mr Biden will be staying at the uber-luxurious ITC Maurya Sheraton in the city.

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The White House is keen to show the US can deliver for the world at this summit, which comes as emerging economies band together - in groups like BRICS - to ensure their concerns are heard.

Last month the BRICS bloc - which consists of Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa - said it would welcome six new nations to the group, including the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia.

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Mr Biden, 80, had tested negative for COVID-19 before his departure.

This was after a medical scare triggered by his wife, Jill Biden, testing positive for the virus.

A G20 Joint Statement?

Asked about a possible joint statement after the G20 Summit, US National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan had said earlier in the day that he could not make such a prediction. He stressed, however, that the US is ready to do its part to ensure it happens "Will every country step up... be responsible... be constructive? If yes, then we will get a joint statement."

One stumbling block is (the war in) Ukraine, he explained, adding the other seems to be climate change - in connection with which oil-producing nations are looking for less ambitious goals.

He also indicated efforts by China to tie access to technology to the wording of any declaration.

World Leaders Arrive

A galaxy of global leaders have arrived in Delhi this evening, including the Australian and United Kingdom Prime Ministers. UK PM Rishi Sunak spoke to news agency ANI after arriving in the city and underlined his government's determination to crack down on Khalistani terror threats.

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"This (the Khalistani issue) is a really important question... let me just say, unequivocally, no form of extremism or violence like that is acceptable in the UK. And that is why we are working very closely with the Indian government to tackle 'PKE' (pro-Khalistan extremism)," the UK leader said.