Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is expected to visit the United States at the end of September, and to hold a bilateral meeting with US President Joe Biden in Washington.
This will be Modi’s first official visit to the United States, and he will meet Biden face to face for the first time since the latter took office in January this year.
Modi will also visit New York to attend the 76th session of the United Nations General Assembly. Although no official date has been announced for the Indian Prime Minister’s visit, the first day of the high-level public debate in the General Assembly is scheduled for September 21.
Reports indicated that preparations were already underway for the visit. Modi’s last visit to the United States was in 2019 during the presidency of Donald Trump.
This visit comes against the backdrop of the US withdrawal from Afghanistan and the Taliban’s seizure of power in the country.
After the Taliban captured the Afghan capital, Kabul, on August 15, the United States supported India by evacuating its citizens. Washington has also provided assistance to New Delhi in the COVID-19 crisis by sending medical supplies.
India is a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council and has just finished its month-long term as president. During the next session of the United Nations General Assembly, Afghanistan is expected to be one of the main topics of discussion.