Roundup: PM Modi meets Biden, Harris, Morrison, Suga

Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a bilateral meeting with US President Joe Biden at the White House in Washington DC, USA, on September 24, 2021. (PIB)

Washington DC: Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is on the US visit, met US President Joe Biden, US Vice President Kamala Harris, Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, and Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison.  

Meeting with Joe Biden

US President Joe Biden hosted Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the White House for a bilateral meeting on September 24, 2021.

Both the leaders expressed commitment to fight against Covid-19, climate change and to ensure stability in the Indo-Pacific region.

President Biden said the two nations have a shared responsibility to democratic values, commitment to the welfare of the people and family ties.

The global community looks forward to the ideals of Mahatma Gandhi as the world celebrates his birthday next week, the US President said.

Prime Minister Modi said Mahatma Gandhi always used to say about trusteeship of the Planet.

This sentiment of trusteeship has to be carried forward by India and the United States for global good, he added.

“Each of the subjects mentioned by President Biden is crucial for the India-USA friendship. His efforts on COVID-19, mitigating climate change and the Quad are noteworthy,” PM Modi said.

PM Modi praised the role played by President Biden and the United States in tackling the challenges of Covid-19. He underlined the importance of strong and vibrant Indo-US ties for a better world.

Ahead of the meeting, President Biden tweeted: “This morning I’m 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 nations, working to uphold a free and open Indo-Pacific, and tackling everything from COVID-19 to climate change.”

The Indian delegation for the bilateral meeting with US President Joe Biden led by PM Modi included EAM Dr S Jaishankar, NSA Ajit Doval, Foreign Secretary HV Shringla, India’s ambassador to US TS Sandhu, Jt Secretary to the PM RG Shresth and Private Secretary to the PM Vivek Kumar.

The US delegation included Secretary of State Antony Blinken, Assistant to President for National Security Affairs Jake Sullivan, Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry, Deputy Assistant to the President and Coordinator for Indo-Pacific Affairs, NSC Kurt Campbell.

Meeting with Kamala Harris

Prime Minister Narendra Modi during a bilateral meeting with the US Vice President Kamala Harris, in Washington DC, USA,  on September 23, 2021.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi met US Vice President Kamala Harris at the White House in Washington DC on September 23, 2021.

They exchanged views on recent global developments, including in Afghanistan and reaffirmed their commitment towards a free, open and inclusive Indo-Pacific region.

The two leaders discussed the COVID-19 situation in their respective countries, including ongoing efforts to contain the pandemic through expedited vaccination efforts, and ensuring supply of critical medicines, therapeutics and healthcare equipment.

Prime Minister Modi spoke about India’s push for increasing renewable energy and the recently launched National Hydrogen Mission.

He also emphasized the importance of lifestyle changes to promote environmental sustainability.

They also discussed areas of future collaboration, including space cooperation, Information Technology, especially emerging and critical technologies, as well as the cooperation in healthcare sector.

Both leaders acknowledged the vibrant people-to-people linkages as the bedrock of the mutually beneficial education linkages and the flow of knowledge, innovation and talent between our two countries.

Prime Minister Modi invited Vice-President Kamala Harris and Second Gentleman (her husband) Douglas Emhoff to visit India soon.

Meeting with Yoshihide Suga

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Prime Minister of Japan Yoshihide Suga greet each other ahead of their bilateral meeting in Washington DC, USA on September 23, 2021. (PIB)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi met Yoshihide Suga, Prime Minister of Japan, in Washington DC on September 23, 2021, on the sidelines of the Quad Leaders’ Summit.

The two Prime Ministers reviewed the multi-faceted relationship between the two countries and exchanged views on recent global and regional developments, including in Afghanistan. They reaffirmed their commitment towards a free, open and inclusive Indo-Pacific region. They agreed to enhance bilateral security and defence cooperation, including in the area of defence equipment and technologies.

The two Prime Ministers welcomed the increasing economic engagement between the two countries.

They welcomed the launch of the Supply Chain Resilience Initiative (SCRI) between India, Japan and Australia earlier this year as a collaborative mechanism to enable resilient, diversified and trustworthy supply chains.

Prime Minister Modi highlighted the need to develop bilateral partnerships in manufacturing, MSME and skill development. Prime Minister Suga informed Prime Minister Modi that in order to operationalize the Specified Skilled workers (SSW) agreement which was signed earlier this year, the Japanese side would be undertaking skill and language tests in India from early 2022.

The two Prime Ministers discussed the COVID-19 pandemic and efforts to address it. They highlighted the increasing importance of digital technologies and in this regard positively evaluated the progress in the India-Japan Digital Partnership, especially in start-ups. They exchanged views on further collaboration in various emerging technologies. Discussions also took place on climate change issues and green energy transition, and the potential for Japanese collaboration with India’s National Hydrogen Energy Mission.

The two Prime Ministers reaffirmed their commitment to advance efforts to facilitate the smooth and timely implementation of the Mumbai-Ahmedabad High Speed Rail (MAHSR) project.

The two leaders also welcomed the progress in bilateral developmental projects in India’s North Eastern Region under the India-Japan Act East Forum, and noted possibilities for further enhancement of such cooperation.

Prime Minister Suga expressed confidence that the strong momentum attained by the India-Japan partnership in the last few years will continue even under the new administration in Japan.

Meeting with Scott Morrison

Prime Minister Narendra Modi in a bilateral meeting with the Prime Minister of Australia, Scott Morrison in Washington DC, USA on September 23, 2021. (PMO- Twitter)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi held a bilateral meeting with Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison on the sidelines of the Quad Leaders’ Summit in Washington DC, USA, on 23 September 2021.

The Prime Ministers discussed a broad range of issues of bilateral, regional and global importance. They noted with satisfaction the regular high-level engagements between the two countries, including the recently held first India-Australia Foreign and Defence Ministers’ 2+2 Dialogue.

The Prime Ministers reviewed the progress achieved since the Leaders’ Virtual Summit in June 2020 under the Comprehensive Strategic Partnership and resolved to continue close cooperation for mutual well-being and towards advancing their shared objective of an open, free, prosperous and rules-based Indo-Pacific region.

They expressed satisfaction at the ongoing negotiations on a bilateral Comprehensive Economic Cooperation Agreement (CECA).

In that context, they welcomed the visit to India by former Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott as PM Scott Morrison’s Special Trade Envoy for India, and noted the commitment of both sides to achieve an early harvest announcement on an interim agreement by December 2021.

The Prime Ministers underlined the need for the international community to address the issue of Climate Change on an urgent basis. In this regard, Prime Minister Modi highlighted the need for a broader dialogue on environment protection. Both leaders also discussed the possibilities of providing clean technologies.

The Prime Ministers agreed that as two vibrant democracies in the region, the two countries needed to work closely together to overcome the challenges in the post-pandemic world, inter alia to enhance supply chain resilience.

Both leaders lauded the immense contribution of the Indian diaspora to Australia’s economy and society, and discussed ways to enhance people to people ties.

Prime Minister Modi renewed his invitation to Prime Minister Morrison to visit India. (PW News)

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