Bali (Indonesia), November 15 (Language) Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Joe Biden on Tuesday reviewed the status of India-US strategic partnership in emerging technologies and artificial intelligence, among other areas.
Modi and Biden are also understood to have discussed the Russia-Ukraine war and its implications during their meeting on the sidelines of the G20 summit in the Indonesian city of Bali.
The MEA statement, however, only said that the two leaders discussed current global and regional developments during their meeting.
According to the statement, “Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Joseph R. Met Biden today on the sidelines of the G20 leaders’ summit in Bali.
The two leaders reviewed the India-US strategic partnership, including deepening cooperation in forward-looking areas such as emerging technologies, advanced computing, artificial intelligence, etc., the statement said.
The Ministry of External Affairs said that Prime Minister Modi thanked President Biden for his continued cooperation in strengthening the India-US strategic partnership.
“They expressed confidence that the two countries would continue to coordinate closely during India’s G20 chairmanship,” the statement said.
A White House statement said Biden met Modi and Indonesian President Joko Widodo on the sidelines of the G20 summit, which aimed to convey their shared commitment to the G20 as the apex forum for international economic cooperation.
“To address important global challenges, the leaders also discussed demonstrating the G20’s collective ability to bring together large economies with the aim of advancing sustainable and inclusive growth,” the statement said. Also, they discussed climate, energy and food crisis and promoting technological change.
According to the Ministry of External Affairs, the two leaders expressed satisfaction at the close cooperation between India and the US in new groupings such as the ‘Quad’ and ‘I2U2’.
It is known that the member countries of the Quad group are India, America, Australia and Japan, while the I2U2 group includes America, United Arab Emirates and Israel.
Meanwhile, External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Arindam Bagchi described the Modi-Biden meeting as ‘fruitful’.
Bagchi said in a tweet, “Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Joe Biden had useful discussions on the sidelines of the G20 summit. The two leaders appreciated the deepening of the India-US strategic partnership and continued close cooperation in groupings such as the Quad, the I2U2. Both agreed to maintain close cooperation during the G20. ,
This conversation between Modi and Biden took place at a time when External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar met with his American counterpart Antony Blinken on the sidelines of the ASEAN summit in Nam Penh, the capital of Cambodia. The two leaders discussed bilateral issues, Russia-Ukraine war, energy, G-20 and the situation in the Indo-Pacific region.
Since the start of the Ukraine crisis in February, Modi has had several telephonic conversations with both Russian President Vladimir Putin and Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.
In a phone conversation with Zelensky on October 4, Modi had said that there can be “no military solution” to the Ukraine crisis and India was ready to contribute to any peace efforts.
In a meeting with Putin on September 16 in the Uzbekistan city of Samarkand, Modi urged the Russian president to end the war in Ukraine, saying that “today is not an era of war”.
In the last few months, India has increased imports of subsidized crude oil from Russia.