US visit to consolidate ties with US, Japan, Australia: PM Modi

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi is leaving for a four-day visit to the US on Wednesday. He will participate in the Quad leaders’ summit and address the UN General Assembly.
PM Modi said his visit would strengthen the Comprehensive Global Strategic Partnership with the US, besides consolidating relations with strategic partners Japan and Australia.
In a departure statement, Modi said he is visiting the USA on the invitation of US President Joe Biden, with whom he will hold a bilateral meeting on September 24.
At this meeting , he will review the India-U.S. Comprehensive Global Strategic Partnership and exchange views on regional and global issues of mututal interest.
“I am also looking forward to meeting Vice President Kamala Harris to explore opportunities for cooperation between our two nations particularly in the area of science and technology.”
PM Modi said he will participate in the first in-person Quad Leaders’ Summit along with President Biden, Prime Minister Scott Morrison of Australia and Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga of Japan.
“The Summit provides an opportunity to take stock of the outcomes of our Virtual Summit in March this year and identify priorities for future engagements based on our shared vision for the Indo-Pacific region,” he said.
He will also have an in-person bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Morrison of Australia and Prime Minister Suga of Japan “to take stock of the strong bilateral relations with their respective countries and continue our useful exchanges on regional and global issues”.
PM Modi said he will focus on the pressing global challenges including the Covid-19 pandemic, the need to combat terrorism, climate change and other important issues in his address at the UN General Assembly on September 25.
“My visit to the US would be an occasion to strengthen the Comprehensive Global Strategic Partnership with USA, consolidate relations with our strategic partners – Japan and Australia – and to take forward our collaboration on important global issues,” he said, according to an official statement.