PM Narendra Modi and US Vice President Kamala Harris meetNew Delhi/Washington:
Prime Minister Narendra Modi met US Vice President Kamala Harris today, on the first working day of his current US trip. Ms Harris said, “India is a very important partner to the US”. Here are the top 10 points in this story:”I express my gratitude to the US for extending a helping hand to India when India was hit by the second wave of COVID-19,” PM Modi said in the meeting with Ms Harris. “India and America are natural partners; we have similar values, geopolitical interests, and our coordination and cooperation is also increasing,” PM Modi said.The Prime Minister will also have a bilateral meeting with his Japanese counterpart Yoshihide Suga in a few hours.Earlier on Thursday, he met a group of five top American corporate leaders on a one-on-one basis from a range of diverse sectors ranging from drones to 5G, semiconductors, and solar and encouraged them to step up their investments by highlighting the vast opportunities in India.He also held separate meetings with CEOs of Qualcomm, Adobe, First Solar, General Atomics and Blackstone.PM Modi, who arrived in Washington DC on Wednesday on an official visit to the US during which he will hold the first face-to-face meeting with President Joe Biden and Kamala HarrisAhead of his meeting with the business leaders, PM Modi had said he would interact with leading CEOs to highlight economic opportunities in India.”Talking technology…,” the Prime Minister’s Office said in a Twitter post after PM Modi’s meeting with Qualcomm CEO Cristiano Amon and First Solar CEO Mark Widmar. They had a productive interaction, it said.At the White House meeting with Harris, PM Modi is expected to discuss the COVID-19 pandemic, greater cooperation in technology, space and other sectors, and supply chain issues, the sources told news agency Reuters.PM Modi’s three-day Washington trip will be capped by a meeting with President Joe Biden at the White House on Friday.This is going to be the first in-person meeting between the two leaders after Mr Biden took over as the US President on January 20.Mr Biden and PM Modi will also hold a “Quad” summit with the leaders of Australia and Japan, aiming to boost cooperation in the Indo-Pacific region amid China’s growing dominance in the area.