Prime Minister Narendra Modi has arrived in New York for his first state visit to the United States, signaling a series of important events and engagements. Upon his arrival, PM Modi expressed his enthusiasm for the upcoming programs, including interactions with thought leaders and leading the International Day of Yoga at the United Nations. He was received by India’s Ambassador to the U.S. and India’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations.
In Washington, preparations are underway for the core of PM Modi’s state visit, with officials from both countries working to finalize a joint statement for the scheduled bilateral meetings. The Biden administration views this visit as an opportunity to strengthen cooperation and support India’s emergence as a great power that will play a central role in advancing U.S. interests in the future. The visit is the third state visit of the Biden administration, following visits by French President Emmanuel Macron and South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol.
Over the course of the visit, various areas of collaboration will be discussed, including global health cooperation, climate change, defense cooperation, emerging technology, space, and people-to-people exchanges. A notable aspect of the visit is the Initiative for Critical and Emerging Technologies (ICET), launched earlier in 2023 by the National Security Advisers of both countries. ICET aims to enhance and provide a framework for defense-industrial cooperation between India and the U.S.
PM Modi’s visit to the United States holds significant promise for strengthening bilateral ties and fostering collaboration on key issues. It presents an opportunity for both nations to engage in meaningful discussions and achieve tangible outcomes in areas of mutual interest, further deepening the strategic partnership between India and the U.S.