Prime Minister Narendra Modi will travel to the United States on September 24 to attend the summit ofo the leaders of the “Quad” countries — Australia, India, Japan, and the United States. The summit, hosted by the US president Joe Biden, would be Prime Minister’s first-in-person global meet ever since the beginning of the pandemic.
Besides Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Prime Minister Scott Morrison of Australia, Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga of Japan, and President Joe Biden of the USA for the summit in Washington will also be in attendance.
“The Leaders will review progress made since their first virtual Summit on March 12 and discuss regional issues of shared interest,” said the Ministry of External Affairs in a statement.
“As part of their ongoing efforts to contain the COVID-19 pandemic, they will review the Quad Vaccine initiative which was announced in March this year,” it added.
The meeting comes after president Biden’s image has seen a downfall over the chaotic US withdrawal from Afghanistan.
“Hosting the leaders of the Quad demonstrates the Biden-Harris Administration’s priority of engaging in the Indo-Pacific, including through new multilateral configurations to meet the challenges of the 21st century,” White House press secretary Jen Psaki said in a statement.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address the UN General Assembly on September 25, according to the revised provisional list of speakers released by the UN. PM Modi had attended the UNGA in 2019 and had also addressed the ‘Howdy Modi’ rally with then US President Donald Trump.