Washington: In preparation for Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s forthcoming state visit to the United States, the White House announced on Wednesday that he and President Biden are poised to engage in discussions focused on strengthening their commitment to a free, open, prosperous, and secure Indo-Pacific region. The two leaders will also underscore their shared determination to bolster the strategic technology partnership, with a specific emphasis on defence.
Scheduled for June 22, PM Modi’s visit to the United States comes in response to an invitation from President Biden and First Lady Jill Biden. Notably, PM Modi will become the first Indian Prime Minister to address the Joint Meeting of the US Congress for the second time during his upcoming official state visit, which will take place from June 21 to 24.
The United States and India share a strategic alliance, and during their previous meeting at the G20 summit in Bali, Indonesia, Prime Minister Modi and President Biden recognised the importance of crucial and emerging technologies, including artificial intelligence.
During their discussion, both sides deliberated on close cooperation in forward-looking sectors such as critical and emerging technologies, advanced computing, and artificial intelligence, as per an official statement from the Prime Minister’s office. The two leaders also exchanged views on pertinent global and regional developments.
According to reports, prior to PM Modi’s state visit, US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin undertook a two-day visit to India to explore avenues for laying the groundwork for eagerly anticipated agreements on bilateral defence cooperation, particularly in the transfer of critical technologies for the co-development of military hardware.