Modi to meet with US Vice President Kamala Harris and hold bilateral talks with Prime Ministers of Japan and Australia on Thursday


Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to have up to eight meetings on Thursday, including with Vice President Kamala Harris, the first working day of his current trip to the United States.

In addition to his meeting with Harris at the White House, the Prime Minister will have two bilateral meetings with his Australian and Japanese counterparts, Scott Morrison and Yoshihide Suga.

Modi, who arrived in the U.S. capital on Wednesday evening, kicked off her day of engagements with a series of one-on-one meetings with five top U.S. CEOs representing various areas of tech, industry and industry. IT to finance, defense and renewable energies. .

These CEOs include Shantanu Narayen of Adobe and Vivek Lall of General Atomics, Cristiano E Amon of Qualcomm, Mark Widmar of First Solar and Stephen A Schwarzman of Blackstone.

According to sources, these CEOs represent quite large corporate interests, companies that have special expertise, have invested in India and have the potential to invest significantly there. In the afternoon, Modi is expected to have a bilateral meeting with Australian Prime Minister Morrison. The two leaders have met in the past on several occasions on the sidelines of various international conferences. Morrison had recently called Modi to inform him of the planning of the AUKUS alliance. The United States, Britain and Australia announced the AUKUS alliance for the Indo-Pacific last week to address 21st century threats and enable greater sharing of defense capabilities, including by helping Australia acquire nuclear-powered submarines, with the aim of countering China’s rise to power in this strategically vital region. Morrison was due to travel to India in January last year, which he had to postpone due to a massive fire in Australia. Another trip to India in May had to be postponed due to the COVID-19 situation.

After meeting Morrison, Modi would travel to the White House for a meeting with Indian-born U.S. Vice President Kamala Harris in her ceremonial office. The inaugural meeting between the two leaders is scheduled for one hour.

The two leaders are expected to speak with the press. According to sources, they are expected to discuss a range of issues that are of interest to both sides, from dealing with COVID-19 to issues such as cooperation in the high-tech and space sectors. Prime Minister Modi is looking forward to his first meeting with Vice President Harris, sources said. The two leaders have already spoken on the phone during the COVID-19 crisis in June.

Later today, the Prime Minister is due to meet with Japanese Prime Minister Suga. The two leaders talk to each other quite frequently. On Friday, the prime minister would spend most of his time in the White House, initially a bilateral meeting in the Oval Office with President Biden. This would be followed by the very first in-person Quad Summit.

In November 2017, India, Japan, the United States and Australia gave shape to the long-standing proposal to create the Quad to develop a new strategy to maintain critical Indo-Pacific sea routes. sheltered from any influence. The Prime Minister will then leave for New York. He is the first speaker to address the United Nations General Assembly on September 25.

(This story was not edited by Devdiscourse staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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