The White House is eager to demonstrate that the United States can do something for the world at this summit, ensuring that their concerns are heard, in collaboration with emerging economic groups like BRICS.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi met with United States President Joe Biden for bilateral discussions at his residence in Delhi late on Friday, shortly after Biden’s arrival in the city, ahead of the G20 Summit this weekend. The Prime Minister’s Office shared pictures of the leaders discussing “various issues that will deepen relations between India and the United States.”
Officials have indicated that discussions are likely to cover several topics, including deals for jet engines, the purchase of Predator drones, and cooperation on crucial technologies like 5G and 6G networks. There was also talk of a significant trade deal, although U.S. National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan did not confirm these reports. However, he marked it as an initiative in which the United States is investing. He said, “We believe that connectivity from India through the Middle East to Europe is incredibly important, and it will bring significant economic and strategic benefits to all countries involved.”
Following the bilateral meeting, Prime Minister Modi will host a dinner for President Biden.
Earlier today, before his departure for India, President Biden posted on Twitter: “Every time we come together (G20), we get better.” He said, “I’m heading to the G20 – a major platform for international economic cooperation… focusing on advancing American priorities, working for developing countries, and demonstrating our commitment to the G20.”
I’m headed to the G20 – the premier forum for international economic cooperation – focused on making progress on Americans' priorities, delivering for developing nations, and showing our commitment to the G20 as a forum that can deliver.
Every time we engage, we get better.
— President Biden (@POTUS) September 8, 2023
President Biden will be staying at the splendid ITC Maurya Sheraton in the city.
The White House is keen to show that the United States can make a difference in this summit, which is seen as an opportunity to ensure their concerns are heard, in collaboration with emerging economic groups like BRICS.
Last month, the BRICS bloc – consisting of Brazil, Russia, India, China, and South Africa – announced that it would welcome six new countries, including the United Arab Emirates and Saudi Arabia.
Before his departure, the 80-year-old President Biden had undergone a negative test for COVID-19. This was in response to medical concerns raised by his wife, Jill Biden, after she tested positive for the virus.
A G20 Joint Statement?
Meanwhile, following the G20 Summit, and in anticipation of a possible joint statement, Sullivan had said that they couldn’t make any predictions, but he emphasized that the United States was ready to play its role in getting it passed. “Will every country step up…be responsible…be constructive? If yes, then we will get a joint statement.”
He noted that there was a constraint (the war in Ukraine) and another constraint (the perception of climate change), in which oil-producing countries were pursuing less ambitious goals.
He also hinted at China’s efforts to link technology reach to any announcement with words.
Arrival of World Leaders
Several global leaders, including Australian and UK Prime Ministers, have arrived in Delhi after the G20 Summit. British Prime Minister Rishi Sunak spoke to the news agency ANI upon his arrival and reaffirmed his government’s strong commitment to working with the Indian government in addressing and countering Khalistani extremist threats.
“This (the Khalistani issue) is indeed an important question… I want to be very clear that any extremism or violence of this kind is unacceptable in the UK. And that’s why we are working closely with the Indian government. ‘PKK’ (Khalistani supporters) will be dealt with,” the UK leader said.