Washington: Prime Minister Narendra Modi met US President Joe Biden for bilateral talks on Friday. This is their first in-person meeting since Biden took over as US president. Modi reached New York on Saturday, where he will attend the 76th session of United Nations General Assembly.
The leaders affirmed a clear vision that will guide the U.S.-India relationship forward, as per the statement released by the White House later.
They reiterated their commitment to lead global efforts to end Covid-19 pandemic.
PM Modi welcomed US leadership on climate action, including the return of the US to the Paris Agreement. President Biden expressed support for Prime Minister Modi’s intention to achieve a domestic goal of installing 450 GW of renewable power by 2030 and acknowledged the importance of mobilizing finance for investments in renewables, storage, and grid infrastructure that will guarantee clean, reliable power for millions of Indian households.
Modi and Biden reaffirmed that the US and India were together in a shared fight against global terrorism and would take concerted action against all terrorist groups. They also condemned cross-border terrorism and called for the perpetrators of the 26/11 Mumbai attacks to be brought to justice.
They resolved that the Taliban must abide by UNSC Resolution 2593 (2021), which demands that Afghan territory must never again be used to threaten or attack any country or to shelter or train terrorists, or to plan or finance terrorist attacks, and underscored the importance of combating terrorism in Afghanistan.
President Biden applauded India’s strong leadership during its UN Security Council Presidency in August 2021. He also reiterated US support for India’s permanent membership on a reformed UN Security Council and for other countries who are important champions of multilateral cooperation and aspire to permanent seats on the UN Security Council. He also reaffirmed his country’s support for India’s entry to the Nuclear Suppliers Group.
They resolved to further strengthen their collaboration in education, science and technology and people-to-people engagement.
After his meeting with Biden, PM Narendra Modi attended the Quad Summit along with Australian PM Scott Morrison and Japan PM Yoshihide Suga. This was the first-ever in-person Quad leaders’ summit.
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