PM Modi, US President to hold virtual meet today; To discuss Russia’s invasion of Ukraine among several topics

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New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to hold a virtual meeting with US President Joe Biden on Monday (April 11, 2022) to further deepen ties between India and the US.

“The two leaders will review ongoing bilateral cooperation and exchange views on recent developments in South Asia, the Indo-Pacific region and global issues of mutual interest,” a media release said.

The virtual meeting will enable both sides to continue their regular and high-level engagement aimed at further strengthening the bilateral Comprehensive Global Strategic Partnership, it added.

The situation in Ukraine is expected to come up in the conversation. Biden Administration’s key architect for Russian sanctions US Deputy National Security Advisor for International Economics Daleep Singh had recently ruffled feathers by reportedly cautioning India against Russian oil imports. The White House had, however, clarified that Mr Singh had a constructive dialogue on his trip and his remarks shouldn’t be seen as a warning.

“He (Singh) went and had a constructive conversation and made clear that while it’s the decision of each individual country, including India, to determine whether they’re going to import Russian oil, it is only 1 to 2 per cent of their imports, About 10 per cent of their imports is from the United States,” White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said.

“What Daleep did make clear to his counterparts during this visit, was that we don’t believe it’s in India’s interest to accelerate or increase imports of Russian energy and other commodities,” Ms Psaki had said.

The two leaders will advance ongoing conversations about the development of an Indo-Pacific Economic Framework and delivering high-quality infrastructure, Ms Psaki today said about the scheduled virtual meeting.

“Biden will continue our close consultations on the consequences of Russia’s brutal war against Ukraine and mitigating its destabilising impact on global food supply and commodity markets,” she said.

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