PM Modi US Visit 2021: PM Modi meets US VP Kamala Harris, know key highlights

PM Modi meets US Vice-President Kamala Harris, Australian PM, Japanese PM, and top CEOs in the US. Get details here.

Created On: Sep 20, 2021 12:50 ISTModified On: Sep 25, 2021 14:11 IST
PM Modi, US VP Kamala Harris, Twitter/PM Narendra Modi
PM Modi, US VP Kamala Harris, Twitter/PM Narendra Modi

PM Modi visit to US: Prime Minister Narendra Modi held the first in-person meeting with the US Vice President Kamala Harris at the White House in Washington DC, US on September 23, 2021. Both the leaders deliberated on global issues of common interests including threats to democracy, Afghanistan, and the Indo-Pacific while deciding to further strengthen the Indo-US strategic partnership. PM Modi and US VP Kamala Harris issued a joint statement highlighting the strong bilateral relations between India and the US.

US VP Harris. Harris is the first-ever person of Indian origin who got elected as the Vice-President of the United States. Both leaders had spoken over the phone in June 2021 during the COVID-19 crisis.

PM Modi meets US VP Kamala Harris – Key Highlights

India is a very important partner to US, says US VP Kamala Harris

US VP Kamala Harris noted that India was a very important partner to the US. Both the countries have been working together that can have a profound impact on the world. The US was proud to extend support to India during the second wave of the COVID19 pandemic. Harris also appreciated the decision of India to resume the export of the COVID19 vaccine. “India is currently vaccinating approximately 10 million people a day as of today,” noted Harris.

India and America are natural partners: PM Modi, extends invitation to Kamala Harris

PM Narendra Modi noted that India and America are natural partners who share common values and geopolitical interests. The coordination and cooperation have been increasing between both nations, he noted. PM Modi also expressed his gratitude to the US government for helping the country during the deadly second wave of the COVID19 pandemic.

PM Modi while congratulating Harris on her becoming the Vice-President of the US extended an invitation to visit India. He said, “Your election as VP of the US has been an important and historic event. You are a source of inspiration for many across the world.”

PM Modi, US VP Kamala Harris discuss Afghanistan, COVID during bilateral talks

PM Narendra Modi and US VP Kamala Harris during their bilateral meeting at the White House on September 23 deliberated on global developments that included the situation in Afghanistan. Both leaders decided to reaffirm to establish a free, open, and inclusive Indo-Pacific region.

Talking about the COVID situation, both leaders reviewed the ongoing efforts to curb the pandemic through accelerated vaccination drives and maintaining the supply of healthcare services in their respective countries.

US VP Kamala Harris ‘suo motu’ referred to Pakistan’s role in terrorism

US VP Kamala Harris ‘suo motu’ referred to Pakistan’s role in terrorism during her bilateral meeting with PM Modi. While referring to terror groups working in Pakistan, Harris asked Islamabad to act so the issue does not threaten the security of the US and India. She also agreed with the briefing by PM Modi on the issue of cross-border terrorism and the fact that India has been a victim of terrorism.

PM Modi meets Australian PM, Japan PM, and top CEOs

Later in the day on September 23 after meeting with VP Harris, PM Modi met with Australian PM Scott Morrison, and Japanese counterpart Yoshihide Suga to highlight economic opportunities in India. He also met with the CEOs of Qualcomm, First Solar, Adobe, Blackstone, and General Atomics on a one-on-one basis on the same day and encouraged American CEOs to further their investments in India.

PM Modi met Australian PM Scott Morrison ahead of the first-in person Quad meeting that will be hosted by US President Joe Biden. Both leaders deliberated on deepening the economic and people-to-people linkages between both nations.

PM Modi also met with Japanese PM Yoshihide Suga in Washington, DC ahead of the Quad meeting. Both leaders reviewed the multi-faceted relationship between both nations. They discussed the recent regional and global developments including the situation in Afghanistan. They reaffirmed to create a free, open, and inclusive Indo-Pacific region and deliberated on the Indo-Japan economic engagement, COVID situation, and climate change.

PM Modi has been accompanied by a high-level delegation including National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla, and other top government officials. PM Modi while flying to the US used Pakistan’s airspace to avoid Afghanistan.

Significance

PM Modi in his departure statement during his visit to the US from September 22 to 25, 2021, highlighted that:

The visit to the US would be an opportunity for strengthening the Comprehensive Global Strategic Partnership with the US, consolidate relations with our strategic partners namely Australia and Japan, and continue the collaboration on important regional and global issues.

He will review the India-US Comprehensive Global Partnership with US President Joe Biden and exchange views on regional and global issues of mutual interest. He will attend the Quad Leaders’ Summit that will provide an opportunity to take cognizance of the Virtual Summit that was held in March 2021 and recognize priorities for future engagements based on the shared vision of both nations for the Indo-Pacific region.

He will review the strong bilateral relations with the PM of Australia and PM of Japan to continue the exchanges on regional and global issues.

He will address the UN General Assembly and put focus on global challenges such as the COVID-19 pandemic, climate change, the need to combat terrorism, and other important global issues.

PM Modi visit to US: Timeline

September 22: PM Modi arrives in Washington DC, US.

September 23: PM Modi will be meeting US Vice President Kamala Harris. He will also meet Australian PM Scott Morrison and Japanese PM  Yoshihide Suga. He will also meet the  CEOs of Qualcomm, First Solar, Adobe, Blackstone, and General Atomics on a one-on-one basis.

September 24: PM Modi will hold the first physical bilateral meeting with US President Joe Biden. On the same day, he will be participating in the first in-person Quad leaders’ summit in Washington.

September 25: PM Modi will travel to New York to deliver a speech at United Nations General Assembly. This will be the fourth address by PM Modi at the UN since 2014. He has addressed the UN General Assembly three times, first in 2014, then 2019, and 2020.

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