President of the United States, Joe BidenOn Friday, he will receive Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi to talk about Afghanistan, climate change and the pandemic COVID-19, according to a senior White House official.
The official told reporters Thursday evening that this would be his first in-person meeting since Biden took office in January 2020.
The leaders will also discuss technology, economic cooperation and trade.
The meeting will take place hours before Biden welcomes the prime ministers of India, Japan and Australia to the White House for the first summit of the Quartet Security Dialogue (QUAD).
Biden’s schedule indicates that he will meet separately with Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga, who is stepping down after a leadership race for his ruling Liberal Democratic Party.
The US government official tried to downplay China at the meeting of the four Indo-Pacific allies, insisting that it was not just another regional security alliance.
As the White House reported last week, leaders will discuss cooperation in the fight against COVID-19, climate change, cyberspace, and the Indian and Pacific Oceans.
The Quartet is a strategic dialogue between the United States, Japan, Australia and India, during which the two sides will discuss economic and military cooperation.
Its first signs date back to 2007, but the recent emergence is largely seen as a strategy to counter China’s growing influence in the Indo-Pacific region.