WASHINGTON, June 23 (PTI) External Affairs Minister Vinay Kwatra has said technological cooperation has featured prominently in discussions between India and the United States, describing it as an ongoing effort by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. One of the most substantive outcomes of his state visit.
Kwatra briefed reporters on the results of Modi’s second day visit, which began with a grand welcoming ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House.
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This was followed by bilateral discussions, addresses to the press, an address to a joint session of the US Congress and a state dinner, which included Reliance Industries chairman Mukesh Ambani and his wife Nita Ambani. Barney (Nita Ambani), Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella (Satya Nadella) and Alphabet CEO Sundar Pichai.
“It’s clear that technology, especially advanced technology, in all areas from defense to space and energy, is one of the most important substantive outcomes,” Kwatra told reporters at a media briefing on Thursday.
“The technical focus in the talks is not in a limited way, but technology collaboration across the ecosystem. This includes technology transfer, services, and research collaboration in other areas,” he added.
A theme running through the visit was the “extraordinary warmth and hospitality” extended to Modi by U.S. President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden, Kwatra said. “This visit is incredibly rich in form and equally rich in substance, if not richer,” he said, describing the visit as “groundbreaking.”
He cited multiple agreements, including defense, to underscore the achievements of the visit.
“In addition to the US Congress mentioning the challenge of terrorism, the prime minister said that even two decades after 9/11 and ten years after 26/11, the issue of terrorism remains an urgent challenge facing the international community.” Foreigner Quarterra said.
He said Modi clearly emphasized “the need for the international community to recognize that those who finance terrorism, those who support terrorism continue to pose a serious challenge to the safety and security of our society and must be dealt with very harshly and resolutely,” Kwatra said.
He said that when Prime Minister Modi and President Joe Biden had discussions, “the two countries discussed aspects of such a global challenge and how India and the United States could work together to mitigate, respond to and try to address this challenge as comprehensively as possible.” .” ”
“The leaders of the two countries also discussed this issue. Going forward, we will try to see how some of these discussions translate into concrete cooperation decisions between India and the United States,” he said.
Speaking to the U.S. Congress on Thursday, Modi said: “These ideologies are constantly taking on new identities and forms, but their intent remains the same. Terrorism is the enemy of humanity, and there are no ‘ifs’ or ‘buts’ to deal with terrorism.” We must overcome all such forces that sponsor and export terror.”
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