INDIA/UNITED STATES: In a significant development, Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to embark on an official state visit to the United States. This esteemed visit comes as President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden extend a formal invitation to the Indian Prime Minister. A State Dinner, slated for June 22, will follow the state visit.
Notably, Atul Keshap, the President of the US-India Business Council (USIBC) and a senior US diplomat affirms the momentous nature of Modi’s visit, highlighting the growing importance of India in global affairs.
This visit holds tremendous significance as it marks Modi’s third state visit from India to the United States. The previous two visits occurred in June 1963, when President S Radhakrishnan made his historic visit, and later in November 2009, when Prime Minister Manmohan Singh undertook his official visit. The upcoming visit aims to bolster foreign policies and reinforce the strong bond of friendship and trust between the people of the United States and India.
The Indian Ambassador to the US, Taranjit Singh Sandhu, expresses confidence that the ceremonial and substantive aspects of the state visit will harmoniously complement each other and be unparalleled. He remarks, “We are eagerly anticipating the historic state visit of Prime Minister Modi to the United States at the invitation of President Biden. Excitement is palpable on both sides. It is a privilege for my Prime Minister to be only the third Indian leader in our independent history to receive the honor of a state visit by the US President. Additionally, he will become the sole Indian leader to address the US Congress twice.”
Antony Blinken, the US Secretary of State, emphasizes the strong economic ties between the two nations, stating, “Last year witnessed record-breaking trade between our nations, reaching $191 billion, solidifying the United States as India’s largest trading partner. American companies have invested a staggering $54 billion in India, while Indian companies have invested over $40 billion in various sectors, including IT and pharmaceuticals, supporting an impressive 425,000 jobs from California to Georgia.”
In conclusion, Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s forthcoming state visit to the United States symbolizes a landmark event in strengthening bilateral relations between the two nations. With its strategic significance and robust economic ties, this visit will undoubtedly contribute to the mutual growth and prosperity of both countries.