Modi-Biden bilateral meet: ‘Our friendship to play big role in global good’

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and United States President Joe Biden on Friday expressed confidence that the G20 Leaders’ Summit will advance the shared targets of constructing world consensus round essentially reshaping and scaling up multilateral growth banks.

A joint assertion, launched after each leaders held a bilateral assembly late on Friday  on the PM’s official residence, mentioned the G20 Summit would  assist speed up sustainable growth and bolster multilateral cooperation.

The assertion additional mentioned PM Modi seems to be ahead to welcoming Biden to the subsequent Quad leaders’ summit in  India subsequent 12 months. Each side additionally introduced the settlement of the seventh and final excellent dispute on the World Commerce Group (WTO), over poultry imports from the US. This comes after Modi’s go to to the US in June, when each international locations determined to shut six of the seven excellent disputes on the WTO.

“The bilateral assembly was ‘very productive’. Friendship between India and the US will proceed to play an important position in furthering world good,” Modi informed PTI after the assembly.

The discussions straddled a variety of points and can additional deepen the bond between each nations, the Prime Minister’s Workplace (PMO) mentioned on Twitter.

The practically hour-long assembly was held on the Prime Minister’s residence at 7 Lok Kalyan Marg right here. Whereas that is Biden’s first go to to India as US President, each leaders have had greater than 10 in-person and on-line conferences since 2021.

Isro & Nasa have commenced discussions on modalities, capability constructing, and coaching for mounting a joint effort to the Worldwide Area Station in 2024, and are persevering with efforts to finalise a strategic framework for human house flight cooperation by the tip of 2023, the assertion mentioned.

The assertion additionally famous the graduation of negotiations for a business settlement between GE Aerospace and Hindustan Aeronautical Restricted (HAL) to fabricate GE F-414 jet engines in India and identified the US Congressional Notification course of has ended for it.

On the know-how entrance, either side have dedicated to undertake a “midterm overview” of the Initiative on Crucial and Rising Applied sciences (iCET) in September 2023. The subsequent annual iCET overview shall be co-led by the nationwide safety advisors of each international locations in early 2024. The nations additionally welcomed “intensified consultations” to broaden alternatives for facilitating the India-US collaboration in nuclear vitality, together with within the growth of next-generation small modular reactor applied sciences in a collaborative mode.

Bilaterals with Bangladesh, Mauritius

Modi additionally had bilateral conferences with Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina and Mauritian Prime Minister Pravind Jugnauth.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of Mauritius Pravind Jugnauth

Prime Minister Narendra Modi welcomes Prime Minister of Mauritius Pravind Jugnauth (left)

PM Modi, Sheikh Hasina

Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Bangladesh   Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina (left) throughout a bilateral assembly

“The progress in India-Bangladesh relations within the final 9 years has been very gladdening. Our talks coated areas like connectivity, business linkage and extra,” the PMO tweeted. Discussions centered on diversifying bilateral relations. Each side additionally agreed to strengthen ties in a bunch of sectors, together with connectivity, and tradition, in addition to people-to-people ties.

Bangladeshi officers mentioned Hasina raised the Teesta water-sharing situation. Points associated to connectivity, vitality safety, and meals safety are additionally prone to determine on the agenda. Throughout Hasina’s state go to to India in September final 12 months, each leaders directed the officers to work collectively to deal with points similar to air pollution in rivers and to enhance the riverine atmosphere and river navigability with respect to frequent rivers.

With Mauritius, talks centered on cooperation in a spread of sectors spanning infrastructure, fintech and tradition. “Additionally reiterated India’s dedication to furthering the voice of the International South,” Modi mentioned on Twitter.

The nation is a key associate integral to India’s imaginative and prescient of Safety and Progress for All within the Area (SAGAR), the geopolitical framework of maritime cooperation within the Indian Ocean area. Each leaders additionally acknowledged the numerous enhancement of the India-Mauritius bilateral relationship, commemorating its seventy fifth anniversary this 12 months.

Mauritius is the third largest supply of international direct funding for India, accounting for 26 per cent of all inbound FDI since 2000.