Washington: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday met US Vice President Kamala Harris at the White House and both leaders agreed to further strengthen their strategic ties, with special focus on COVID-19, Indo-Pacific and other issues of mutual and global interest. PM Modi and Harris, in a joint statement, called for a free and open Indo-Pacific region.
The prime minister also expressed his gratitude to the United States for extending help during the devastating second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic in India.
PM Modi also held bilateral meetings with Australian PM Scott Morrisson and Japan’s Yoshihide Suga. They discussed a wide range of subjects aimed at deepening economic and people-to-people linkages, climate change and how the countries could be the beacon of change for the entire planet. Their interaction notably comes a day ahead of the first in-person QUAD summit.
Earlier, PM Modi met top American CEOs to encourage them to invest in India under the ‘Make in India’ initiative.
While interacting with Blackstone CEO Stephen Schwarzman, PM Modi discussed several projects, including National Infrastructure Pipeline and National Monetisation Pipeline. He also held discussions with General Atomics CEO Vivek Lall, during which advanced defence manufacturing, use of emerging technologies and augmenting capacity building in India were discussed. The plan to acquire 30 predator drones by India reportedly topped the agenda of the meeting.
PM Modi also met First Solar CEO Mark Widmar, with discussions focusing on India’s renewable energy landscape, particularly the solar energy potential in line with our target to achieve 450 GW of electricity generation from renewable sources by 2030.
The Prime Minister later met Adobe CEO Shantanu Narayen during the ‘Digital India’ programme after a “productive” interaction with Qualcomm CEO Cristiano E Amon at The Willard Intercontinental Hotel in Washington.