PM Modi’s first visit to USA since Covid-19 pandemic

CREDITS: ANI

Indian PM Narendra Modi has first power-packed foreign visit to the United States since the Covid-19 pandemic.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is on a 5-day visit to the United States to broaden bilateral ties and hold his first in-person talks with President Joe Biden.

When Modi arrived in Washington, D.C., he was greeted at the airport by groups of Indian Americans. Later on, at the hotel, he interacted with some of the locals. Many Indian Americans had gathered at Andrews Joint Air Force Base to welcome the Prime Minister despite the rain that had been falling since early in the morning.

He was greeted warmly by the locals when he arrived for a major visit to further improve Indo-US relations. Senior Biden administration officials, as well as India’s US envoy Taranjit Singh Sandhu, greeted the Prime Minister upon his arrival.

In a tweet, Modi shared photos of his meeting with Indian-American CEOs, saying that Modi praised the Indian diaspora for making a name for itself around the world. Prime Minister Modi’s meetings with the diaspora community in large gatherings have been one of his overseas visits’ most notable events.

Prime Minister Modi announced at the first Quad Summit meeting that the outcomes of the virtual summit will be reviewed in March and “priorities for future engagements based on our shared vision for Indo-Pacific region” will be identified. There will be a meeting between President Biden and Prime Ministers Morrison and Suga.

He said that the visit is an “occasion to strengthen our strategic partnership with the US and consolidate ties with Japan and Australia”.

The historic meeting between US Vice President Kamala Harris and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday afternoon at the White House is a coming-of-age moment for the Indian diaspora, according to a prominent US newspaper in Harris’ home state of California.

The Los Angeles Times reported that Harris will meet Modi on Thursday, making history as the highest-ranking Indian-American to welcome the leader of a country that is rapidly becoming one of the United States’ most important allies.

A prominent US lawmaker said on the House floor that the United States was proud to host Prime Minister Narendra Modi, highlighting India’s deep commitment to democracy, freedom, and the rule of law in the United States. Wednesday’s bilateral meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Vice President Joe Biden will be followed by a three-day visit to the United States to attend the historic Quad summit.

External Affair Minister Dr S Jaishankar is in Washington DC to join PM Modi’s delegation.