Mumbai: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will leave for the United States of America (USA) on September 22 (Wednesday), hold a one-on-one meeting with President Joe Biden and attend the Quad Leaders Summit in person for the first time.
Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla addressed the United Nations General Assembly in New York on Tuesday. Also Read: As UK Vaccine Rules Irk India, Jaishankar Says Resolving Quarantine Issue In ‘Mutual Interest’
Speaking about PM Narendra Modi’s first in-person meeting with US President Joe Biden on September 24, Foreign Secretary HV Shringla said, “We would discuss the need to stem radicalisation, extremism, cross-border terrorism & dismantling of global terror networks.”
PM Modi and Biden will meet on September 24 to review the strong and multifaceted India-US ties. Shringla said they are expected to deliberate on ways to further enrich the India-US global partnership in the bilateral meetings.
It is expected that PM Modi and Biden will also discuss ways to strengthen ties between the two countries.
The Foreign Secretary said that the two leaders are expected to discuss strengthening trade, investment ties, strengthening defence and security cooperation, promoting clean energy partnership.
PM Modi- US Pres bilateral meeting will also feature current regional security situation following developments in Afghanistan. We would discuss the need to stem radicalisation, extremism, cross-border terrorism & dismantling of global terror networks : Foreign Secy HV Shringla pic.twitter.com/54fWSTSA2A
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The highest-ranking official in the Ministry of External Affairs also spoke on the issue of AUKUS, the recently established security partnership between Australia, the UK and the US.
QUAD and AUKUS are not groups of similar nature. The quad has been designed to meet the needs of the Indo-Pacific. AUKUS is a security alliance between three countries and is not relevant to QUAD and will have no impact on QUAD functioning, the foreign secretary said.