PM Modi leaves for US, first foreign trip during the pandemic

NEW DELHI: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has left for his scheduled trip to the US while flying over Pakistan’s airspace due to the Afghanistan situation. The US trip is supposed to be a three day trip with many bilateral and financial meetings and programs lined up, ending with a speech from the esteemed podium of the United Nations.

Before leaving for the trip, PM took to Twitter to share his trip’s plans with the people of the nation. The foreign trip is mainly focused on the QUAD Summit and building bilateral relations with the QUAD countries. PM Modi will also hold a talk to strengthen US-India relations. And his speech at the UN will be the main focus of this international trip.

PM Modi and US President Joe Biden will review the India-Us Comprehensive Global Strategies Partnership. PM Modi also mentioned that there will be a talk on strengthening their ties and strategies. The two are also supposed to held discussions and exchange views on international issues. A meeting of PM Modi with Kamala Harris is also scheduled, the main topic of which will be how both countries can help each other and grow through science and technology.

PM Modi will also participate in the first in-person Quadrilateral Security Dialogue with President Biden, Australia PM Scott Morrison and Japanese Premiere Yoshihide Suga. The meeting will review the outcomes of the virtual summit earlier in March this year. PM Modi will also be having a one-on-one talk with the other QUAD members – Japan and Australia to build up bilateral ties and discuss global issues.

In addition to these meetings, PM Modi has to address the 76th United Nations General Assembly on Sept 25th. For this, he’ll be leaving from Washington for New York on Sept 24th. The UN’s speech of PM Modi will be including global issues, supposedly the Covid-19 situation, climate change and the need to combat terrorism. By this speech, he will conclude his US- trip.

PM Modi addressing last UNGA in 2019

This US trip will be the first trip of PM Modi to the US since the year 2019 when he visited in the ‘Howdy Modi’ event organized by then US President Trump. PM Modi is accompanied by External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and National Security Advisor Ajit Doval with other senior officials on this foreign trip.

The whole world has eyes on this trip and what outcome it will bring for the two nations as well as the new emerged militant regime in Afghanistan. The Foreign Minister had also mentioned that the talks may include Washington needs to focus on Afghanistan.

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