Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday held bilateral talks with U.S. President Joe Biden in New Delhi. A statement by the PMO said that the two leaders’ discussions include wide range of issues and it will further deepen bond between India, U.S.
Mr. Biden arrived for the G20 summit in India, where he hopes to seize on the no-shows by Chinese leader Xi Jinping and Russia’s Vladimir Putin, to boost Washington’s influence. He is expected to speak with other leaders on the “margins,” the White House said. President Biden was received by Union Minister V.K. Singh.G-20 Summit | Key takeaways India will be looking for
Meanwhile, in an exclusive interview to The Hindu, AU Chairperson Azali Assoumani said, “We are confident of becoming a full member of G20 in the summit being held under Indian Presidency.” “G20 should invest in industrialisation of Africa so that our resources are used to produce goods in the continent and our youth can find employment,” he added.
During the day, foreign heads of state and dignitaries landed in New Delhi, ahead of the upcoming G-20 summit from September 9-September 10 to be held at the ‘Bharat Mandapam’. The summit is expected to be attended by more than 30 heads of state and top officials from the European Union and invited guest countries and 14 heads of international organisations.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be holding more than 15 bilateral meetings over the next three days. On September 8, he held talks with Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina and Mauritius PM Pravind Jugnauth. He will be holding talks with U.S. President Joe Biden at his residence. Progress on the deal to jointly manufacture jet engines in India, purchase of MQ-9B armed drones, agreement on civil nuclear liability and trade are expected to be the top issues on the agenda in the meeting between Mr. Modi and Mr. Biden.
Spain’s caretaker Prime Minister, Pedro Sanchez, joined the list of foreign leaders who will be missing the G-20 summit after he tested positive for COVID-19. Russian President Vladimir Putin will not participate in the summit, a decision in line with other recent international summits held after the beginning of the Ukraine crisis, where Mr. Putin has remained absent. Chinese President Xi Jinping will also for the first time skip the G-20 summit, though China has not given a reason behind this decision. China, though, has said it is wiling to work with all parties at the summit.
The capital has stepped up security, with travel restrictions coming into effect from the intervening night of Thursday and Friday until Sunday, in the New Delhi district, which is a “controlled zone”.
(With inputs from Agencies)
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