India-US friendship will play a great role in furthering global good: Modi

Indian PM and US Prez hold bilateral talks ahead of G20 Summit

Joe Biden and Narendra Modi Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi (right) and US President Joe Biden

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi held bilateral talks with US President Joe Biden at Lok Kalyan Marg on Friday. “Our meeting was very productive,” Modi said.

The meeting was held soon after Biden arrived in New Delhi to participate in the G20 Summit to be chaired by Prime Minister Modi. "Their discussions include a wide range of issues and will further deepen the bond between India and the USA," the prime minister's office said.

Tweeting about the meeting, Modi said, “Our meeting was very productive. We were able to discuss numerous topics which will further economic and people-to-people linkages between India and the USA. The friendship between our nations will continue to play a great role in furthering global good.” 

In a joint statement, the leaders committed to cooperate on issues ranging from democratic values to quantum computing and semiconductor supply chains.

US Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen, Secretary of State Anthony Blinken and US NSA Jake Sullivan were also present in the meeting from the US side while the Indian delegation included External Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar and NSA Ajit Doval.

Modi is scheduled to hold 15 bilateral meetings over the next two days when world leaders gather in the national capital for the Summit.

The prime minister earlier said that these meetings would give an opportunity to review India's bilateral ties with these nations and further strengthen developmental cooperation.

"It is my firm belief that the New Delhi G20 Summit will chart a new path in human-centric and inclusive development," the prime minister posted on X, adding, "I look forward to productive discussions with world leaders over the next two days."

"I will also be holding bilateral meetings with several leaders and Heads of Delegation to further deepen the bonds of friendship and cooperation," Modi said.

On Saturday, he will hold bilateral meetings with leaders of the UK, Japan, Germany and Italy besides attending the G20 events. On Sunday, he will have a working lunch meeting with French President Emmanuel Macron, sources said.

(With PTI inputs.)

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