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Business News/ News / World/  Ahead of PM Modi's US visit, Biden admin hails India, US NSA to visit Delhi next week

Ahead of PM Modi's US visit, Biden admin hails India, US NSA to visit Delhi next week

US official hopes PM Modi's visit will consecrate the US-India relationship as the most important for the US in the world. Both countries aim to increase investment and training opportunities.

PM Modi to visit the United States on June 22. Premium
PM Modi to visit the United States on June 22.

US President Joe Biden's top official for the Indo-Pacific region hoped that Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit this month "consecrates" the relationship with India as the most important for the United States in the world, according to a report published by Reuters. 

Speaking to the Hudson Institute think tank, Kurt Campbell said that India was playing a critical role globally and not just strategically. 

“Many business groups, investment groups, are looking at India as part of a strategy to diversify globally new supply chains, new investment opportunities. I think the hope will be to open up venues and activities for more investment," he said. 

He added that US universities wanted to train more engineers and technology specialists, hence, the country wanted to open up more of those opportunities to Indians. 

"The United States and India were both imperfect democracies and there were still concerns that would be discussed, there was "a degree of trust and confidence between the countries that did not exist a decade ago. Our goal will be to seek to build on that," Campbell said as quoted by Reuters. 

“My hope is that this visit basically consecrates the US- India relationship as the most important bilateral relationship with the United States on the global stage, and that we effectively make it into sort of escape velocity," the Biden official said. 

Last month, the White House announced that it would welcome PM Modi for an official state visit on June 22, despite advocacy groups' concerns over what they see as a deteriorating human rights situation under his Bharatiya Janata Party. The US lawmakers have also invited PM Modi to address a joint meeting of Congress. 

Meanwhile, US National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan on June 13 will arrive in Delhi for a two-day visit to discuss various issues, a week ahead of PM Modi's US visit, as per a Hindustan Times report. 

During his visit, the US NSA will finalize the GE-414 engine deal's details, share technologies to counter cyber threats, finetune the two countries’ position on the Russia-Ukraine war, and discuss the issues likely to be mentioned in the Modi-Biden meeting on June 22. 

The United States sees India as a vital partner in its efforts to push back against China's expanding influence worldwide, even though it remains concerned about New Delhi's strong ties to Russia, despite the Ukraine war, and PM Modi's rights record.

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Updated: 07 Jun 2023, 09:30 AM IST
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