New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to travel to Washington DC and New York later this month, according to top government sources. This will be his first visit to the US since President Joe Biden assumed office.
The window for his travel, the first outside the country in 6 months, being explored is September 22-27.
This will be Modi’s first in-person meeting with Biden. The two have met virtually on at least three occasions — the Quad summit in March, the climate change summit in April, and the G-7 summit in June this year.
With the situation in Afghanistan unfolding rapidly, Modi’s visit is significant. Besides meeting Biden, he is expected to have important meetings with the top echelons of the US administration.
In a bid to give shape to the PM’s agenda, Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla has met top Biden administration officials in Washington DC, including Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Deputy Secretary Wendy Sherman.
Meanwhile, on Thursday, PM Modi chaired the annual summit attended by the other 4 BRICS leaders – Brazil’s Jair Bolsanaro, South Africa’s Cyril Ramaphosa, Russia’s Vladimir Putin and China’s Xi Jinping.
Chairing the 13th BRICS Summit, he said the platform has been useful for focusing attention on the priorities of the developing countries. Recalling that BRICS has witnessed several achievements in the past 15 years, PM Modi said, “Need to ensure that BRICS is more productive in the next 15 years. The theme (Intra-BRICS Cooperation for continuity, consolidation, and consensus) that India chose for its chairship, reflects this priority.” The four Cs will be pillars of the BRICS partnership, he added.
The PM also referred to the fact that BRICS has adopted Counter-Terrorism Action Plan and taken collective position on strengthening and reforming multilateral systems.