PM Modi to visit US in June; defence, security, and space on the agenda

The Indian Prime Minister (PM) Narendra Modi will be on an official visit to the United States (US) next month where he will be hosted by President Joe Biden and the first lady Jill Biden.

This announcement has been officially confirmed by the White House and Indian Ministry of External Affairs stating that the visit will be on 22nd June 2023.

The upcoming visit will affirm the deep and close partnership between the United States and India.

Further, the visit is expected to strengthen the shared commitment between two countries to a free, open, secure and prosperous Indo-Pacific, and the collective resolve to elevate the strategic technology partnership including defence, security, clean energy and space.

Noteworthy, this will be the third meeting between PM Modi and the President of the US this year. The two leaders will be meeting later this month at the G-7 summit in Tokyo and later when the QUAD Leaders meet in Australia.

Indo-US Defence Ties

The Indo-US defence and security ties have flourished in the last decade, with increasing focus on defence technology co-development and co-production.

The US defence trade with India increased from near-zero in 2008 to over US$21 billion in 2021.

Some of the major defence acquisitions from the US to India since 2008, includes of Apache attack helicopters  worth US$796 million, MH-60R Seahawk helicopters for US$2.8 billion, Chinook heavy-lift helicopters, and M777 ultra-lightweight artillery, and Large Aircraft Infrared Countermeasure for US$189 million, to name a few.

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