NEW DELHI: US President Joe Biden's top advisor for the Indo-Pacific region hoped that Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit this month "consecrates" the US's relationship with India as the most crucial in the entire world.
In preparation for Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to the United States later this month, sources revealed that U.S. National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan will go to India the following week for meetings with NSA Ajit Doval and other officials.
Sullivan's visit comes after U.S. Defence Secretary Lloyd Austin's Monday trip to Delhi and Foreign Secretary Vinay Kwatra's Tuesday trip to Washington, where he met with U.S. Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland. Sullivan is regarded as one of U.S. President Joseph Biden's key foreign policy point-people.
The two parties are anticipated to agree on the important strategic and defence agreements they intend to sign or announce during the State visit, as well as the schedule for Modi's visit, which will take place from June 21 to 24.
The sources claim that Sullivan will visit Delhi on June 13 and 14. A significant technological cooperation for GE-414 jet engines to be produced in India as well as other co-development initiatives under the Initiative on Critical and Emerging technological (iCET) are among the deals that are anticipated to advance during Modi's visit. During a trip to the United States in January of this year, when Modi's invitation for a state visit was given to him, Doval and Sullivan initiated the iCET talks.
The rush of meetings included an unprecedented visit by the Principal Secretary and close aide to the Prime Minister, P.K. Mishra, last month, who met with USAID Administrator Samantha Power and US Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo. The meetings signalled potential progress on trade issues between the two nations, which had come to a standstill over the Trump administration's decision to withdraw India's special export status under the GSP (Generalised System of Preferences) in 2019 and the postponed Free Trade Agreement (FTA) negotiations after Biden assumed office.
However, there has been optimism on both sides that the tariff and medical device price limitations will be resolved. They may also reveal a number of "third country partnerships" that will be led by Indian and American development organisations, maybe under the auspices of the Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure (CDRI).