US President Joe Biden scheduled to hold bilateral meeting with PM Modi on September 8 during G20 Summit.

US President Joe Biden is set to participate in the G20 Summit in New Delhi, which is scheduled to take place from September 7 to 10. A White House statement has confirmed that President Biden will engage in a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Modi on September 8 during the summit.

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The decision for President Biden’s participation in the G20 summit was initially announced by American National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan on August 22, during the BRICS Summit. This engagement is a significant diplomatic move, underscoring the United States’ commitment to multilateral cooperation and engagement with global leaders.

During his visit to New Delhi, President Biden aims to advocate strongly for the reform of multilateral development banks (MDBs). He intends to propose measures that will enhance the financial capacity of these institutions, with the ultimate goal of addressing pressing global challenges, including poverty reduction, economic prosperity, and combatting the climate crisis. President Biden’s visit also aims to convey the message that the United States stands in solidarity with the global south and is committed to addressing shared global challenges.

At the G20 Summit, President Biden, along with his G20 counterparts, will engage in discussions about collaborative efforts to tackle various global challenges. These discussions will encompass topics such as the transition to clean energy, strategies to mitigate climate change, and addressing the economic and social impacts of the conflict in Ukraine led by Vladimir Putin. Additionally, the strengthening of multilateral development banks, including the World Bank, will be a focal point for combatting poverty and addressing global challenges.

The White House has stated, “While in New Delhi, President Biden will also commend Prime Minister Modi’s leadership of the G20 and reaffirm the US commitment to the G20 as the premier forum of economic cooperation, including by hosting it in 2026.” This underscores the importance of the G20 as a platform for international economic cooperation.

While specific details of President Biden’s bilateral talks with Prime Minister Modi are yet to be finalized, it is expected that the discussions will center on the implementation of agreements reached during Prime Minister Modi’s state visit to the United States in June. However, due to India’s extensive diplomatic commitments during the summit and time constraints, the bilateral engagement is likely to be limited in scope.

Looking ahead, India is set to host the next Quad leaders’ summit in 2024. This could potentially lead to a second visit by President Biden to New Delhi early next year, with a broader and more substantive bilateral agenda. If realized, this would mark a significant milestone, as it would be the first time an American president has visited India twice during their first term in office, underscoring the growing importance of the U.S.-India relationship on the global stage.

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