Prime Minister Narendra Modi has said that India and United States share similar views on Indo-Pacific, at the bilateral level as well as with like-minded countries. During bilateral talks with US President Joe Biden in Tokyo yesterday, Mr Modi said, their discussions will give velocity to this positive momentum.

Both leaders shared their views on a wide range of issues and discussed ways to deepen the India-US friendship. The talks were wide-ranging and covered multiple aspects of India-US ties including trade, investment, defence as well as people-to-people linkages.

In his remarks, Mr Modi said, India and US partnership in the true sense is a partnership of trust. He said, common interests and values have strengthened this bond of trust between the two countries.  

Prime Minister Modi said, the people-to-people ties and strong economic cooperation make India-US partnership unique. He said, bilateral trade and investment relations are also steadily on the rise but they are below the potential. He expressed confidence that with the conclusion of the US Investment Incentive Agreement, there will be concrete progress in investment between the two countries.

The US President expressed happiness that India and US have reached agreement for US Development Finance Corporation. Mr Biden also said, he is glad that both nations are renewing the Indo-US Vaccine Action Programme.

Prime Minister Modi also held bilateral talks with his Australian counterpart Anthony Albanese. The talks focused on deepening the developmental cooperation between India and Australia across diverse sectors. Both leaders reviewed the multi-faceted cooperation under the Comprehensive Strategic Partnership, including in trade and investment, defence manufacturing, renewable energy including green hydrogen, education, science and technology, agricultural research, sports and people-to-people ties. 

Both Prime Ministers affirmed their desire to continue the positive momentum in the bilateral relationship.

Bilateral discussion was

held between Mr Modi and the Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida. They agreed to work together to enhance cooperation in defence manufacturing, investment and trade, and P2P ties for mutual benefit. The leaders reaffirmed their commitment to realize the shared vision of a free and open Indo-Pacific underpinned by inclusiveness and a rules-based order.

Earlier, Prime Minister Modi participated in the Quad Leaders' meet along with the US President, Prime Minister of Australia Anthony Albanese, and Prime Minister of Japan Fumio Kishida.

In his opening remarks at the summit, Mr Modi said that Quad has carved out a niche for itself, in such a short span of time, before the world. He added that today, Quad's scope has become vast. He said, the mutual trust and determination of Quad nations is giving new energy and enthusiasm to democratic powers. 

Mr Modi stressed that a free, open and inclusive Indo-Pacific Region is getting encouraged at the Quad level, with mutual cooperation. He called it the shared goal of all Quad countries.  

Mr Modi also congratulated the newly-elected Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese and extended his best wishes. He said, the Australian Prime Minister's presence at Quad, within 24 hours of taking the oath reflects his strong commitment towards it and the strength of Quad friendship.

The Quad Summit provided an opportunity to take stock of the progress made so far on Quad's initiatives and also give guidance for the future. The leaders reviewed progress of Quad initiatives, identified new areas of cooperation and provided strategic guidance for future collaboration.

Prime Minister Modi is on a two-day visit to Japan at the invitation of his Japanese counterpart Fumio Kishida. Pitching for greater participation and investments in a diverse range of sectors in India, Mr Modi met with top industry leaders of Japan yesterday and highlighted the various partnerships already in place between the two countries to promote business ties.

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