A fortnight after the primary in-person assembly between High Minister Narendra Modi and US President Joe Biden in Washington, the White Area has mentioned that the point of interest of the Indo-US bilateral family members is now on proceeding to transport ahead on a spread of problems, together with financial system, nationwide safety and getting the pandemic beneath keep watch over. For the reason that September 24 assembly between Modi and Biden on the White Area, there was a flurry of high-level visits between the 2 nations and a number of other Cupboard-level visits are within the pipeline in the following couple of weeks.
White Area Press Secretary Jen Psaki, addressing newshounds at her day by day information convention on Friday, mentioned that the Quad and bilateral conferences right here in September have been a chance “to discuss the importance of the relationship and the partnership, the work that can be done moving forward as well as of course the bilateral meeting”. “At this point, the focus is going to be on continuing to work through high-level interlocutors, whether it’s the Secretary of State and the leaders at the State Department, or leaders from our national security team about how we can continue to move forward on a range of issues, whether it’s economic security, physical national security, addressing Covid, and getting the pandemic under control.
“So, that paintings will proceed at not up to the chief point, however nonetheless excessive ranges within the weeks and months forward,” Psaki said on India-US relationship. At President Biden’s invitation, Modi and his counterparts Scott Morrison from Australia and Yoshihide Suga from Japan also attended the first in-person Quad summit during which they announced a slew of new initiatives to take on common challenges, amidst muscle flexing by an assertive China in the strategic region.
Meanwhile, some important bilateral visits have taken place and some are going to happen in the coming weeks, including on some key areas like climate change, defence, Indo-Pacific and Afghanistan. Chief of Defence Staff General Bipin Rawat was in Washington last week and the Deputy Secretary of State Windy Sherman has just concluded a visit to India.
On Friday, the two countries held their 16th Defence Policy Group meeting and the Pentagon announced the visit of the US Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Mike Gilday to India next week. A senior-level Biden Administration official from the US Trade Representative’s office visited India this week for trade talks.
Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman is scheduled to travel to the US, possibly next week. Defence Minister Rajnath Singh, along with External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar, is likely to travel to Washington DC in November for the next round of 2+2 meeting to be hosted by their American counterparts Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and Secretary of State Tony Blinken.