Defence, Interoperability, Trade, Terrorism, focus of PM Modi’s visit to the US

By Financial express

Enhancing the Comprehensive Strategic relations with the US, defence & security, trade & investments, COVID-19 vaccines, and the situation in Afghanistan are some of the critical issues to be discussed when the leaders of India and the US meet later this week.

Accompanied by a high level official delegation including NSA Ajit Doval, External Affairs Minister and Foreign Secretary, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will leave for the US on Wednesday (Sept 22, 2021). The visit is from Sept 22-26 and it’s a two leg visit – Washington DC and New York City.

The first stopover of the Prime Minister is going to be in Washington DC where he has a packed schedule. He will land late Wednesday (Sept 22, 2021). On Sept 23, he will be meeting a select group of CEOs of the US based companies from various sectors including defence, oil and gas, agriculture, Apple and others. Besides meeting President Joe Biden, Mr Modi will meet US Vice President Kamala Harris for their first formal interaction.

On Sept 23, there will be a meeting between PM Modi and the US Vice President Kamala Harris. This will be the first in person meeting between the two leaders. However, the two leaders spoke in June and discussed the COVID-19 crisis. This meeting will be followed by a gala dinner hosted by the US President Joe Biden.

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