Prime Minister Narendra Modi and U.S. President Joe Biden met along the sidelines of the Tokyo Quad leaders’ meeting for a bilateral meeting, their second one in little over a month, with the two leaders having met virtually on April 11 before the India-U.S. 2+2 Defence and Foreign Ministries dialogue.
The two countries announced a technology cooperation initiative and investment initiative with the U.S. development agency. Mr. Biden, expressing an idea he has articulated for years, said he would work for the U.S.-India relationship to be “among the closest” in the world.
Speaking ahead of the bilateral dialogue, which was hosted at Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida’s official residence in Tokyo, Mr. Modi called the India-U.S. partnership a “partnership of trust”.
“Our shared values, and our common interests in many areas, including security, have strengthened the bonds of this trust,” he said, adding that bilateral trade and investment were expanding but “much below” their potential, according to an English translation of Mr. Modi’s remarks, most of which were delivered in Hindi.