Biden Meets Modi, No Press Meet But Joint Statement Reflects Accord
India-West News Desk
NEW DELHI – President Joe Biden upon arrival here for the G20 Summit held a meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The meeting on September 8 took place at the Indian leader’s official residence — 7, Lok Kalyan Marg— and covered wide-ranging issues focusing on deepening bilateral ties.
The discussions were revealed in official statements as the Modi government rebuffed, CNN and other Western media reported, any joint press briefing by the two leaders as is custom in the US. During Modi’s visit to the US too, he had to be convinced to take questions from the press.
A joint statement meanwhile read, “The leaders re-emphasized that the shared values of freedom, democracy, human rights, inclusion, pluralism, and equal opportunities for all citizens are critical to the success our countries enjoy and that these values strengthen our relationship.”
Biden and Modi announced a raft of agreements on technology and trade including on semiconductors, telecom, and computing. The two nations have also settled the last outstanding World Trade Organization dispute between India and the US, the statement said.
The White House affirmed Biden’s support for a reformed UN Security Council with India as a permanent member. On space exploration, it said, “ISRO and NASA have commenced discussions on modalities, capacity building, and training for mounting a joint effort to the International Space Station in 2024, and are continuing efforts to finalize a strategic framework for human space flight cooperation by the end of 2023.” India and the United States also intend to increase coordination on planetary defense.