PM Modi, Joe Biden to do virtual interaction on Monday; Bilateral relations on the agenda, Indo-Pacific

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Joe Biden will hold virtual talks on Monday to discuss COVID-19, the economy, bilateral ties and developments in the Indo-Pacific.

“President Biden and Prime Minister Modi are involved in many things, including maintaining a free, open, rules-based international order to end the COVID-19 pandemic, combat the climate crisis, strengthen the global economy and strengthen security, democracy and Will discuss cooperation on issues. and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific,” Biden’s spokeswoman Jen Psaki said in a statement on Sunday.

He said the meeting would further deepen ties between “our governments, economies and our people”. “The two leaders will take forward the ongoing dialogue about the development of the Indo-Pacific economic infrastructure and the development of high-quality infrastructure,” Saki said.

In New Delhi, the Ministry of External Affairs said the two leaders will review the ongoing bilateral cooperation and exchange views on recent developments in South Asia, the Indo-Pacific region and global issues of mutual interest. The US, India and several other world powers are talking about the need to ensure a free, open and prosperous Indo-Pacific region in the backdrop of China’s aggressive actions in the region.

China claims almost all of the disputed South China Sea, although Taiwan, the Philippines, Brunei, Malaysia and Vietnam all claim parts of it. Beijing has built artificial islands and military installations in the South China Sea.

“The virtual meeting will enable both sides to continue their regular and high-level partnership with the aim of further strengthening the bilateral Comprehensive Global Strategic Partnership,” the statement said.

The meeting is taking place amid increasing pressure on India’s oil purchase from Russia. US President Biden will discuss “the consequences of Russia’s brutal war against Ukraine and mitigating its destabilizing impact on global food supply and commodity markets,” the statement said. Biden said on March 21 that India was an exception among Washington’s allies with its “unstable”. Russian invasion of Ukraine.

PM Modi had participated in a meeting with US President Joe Biden and the Prime Ministers of Japan and Australia in March. The virtual interaction will take place on Monday ahead of the US-India 2+2 ministerial meeting in Washington.

External Affairs Minister and Defense Minister Rajnath Singh will hold talks with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin on Monday.

The 2+2 dialogue will enable the two sides to comprehensively review cross-cutting issues in the India-US bilateral agenda related to foreign policy, defense and security, with the aim of providing strategic guidance and vision to further strengthen ties. The Ministry of External Affairs said in a press release on Thursday. “The 2+2 dialogue will provide an opportunity to exchange views about important regional and global developments and how we can work together to address issues of common interest and concern,” it said.

(with inputs from PTI)

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