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Modi to visit the U.S.; Blinken indicates 'reviewing' ties with Pakistan

Nirendra Dev

Nirendra DevSep 14, 2021, 10:34 AM IST

Modi to visit the U.S.; Blinken indicates 'reviewing' ties with Pakistan

Prime Minister Modi is scheduled to address the General Debate of the High-Level Segment of the 76th Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) on September 25, 2021, in New York. 

 

New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi will be visiting the United States on September 24 and 25 to attend the Summit of the Quad Leaders and address the U.N. General Assembly.

According to an MEA release, he would be participating at the Summit meet along with his counterparts in Australia and Japan Scott Morrison and Yoshihide Suga, respectively and U.S. President Joe Biden in the Leaders' Summit of the Quadrilateral Framework in Washington D.C., on September 24, 2021. 

The Leaders will review progress made since their first virtual summit on March 12, 2021, and discuss regional issues of shared interest.

As part of their ongoing efforts to contain the COVID-19 pandemic, they will review the Quad Vaccine initiative, which was announced in March this year.

They will also exchange views on contemporary global issues such as critical and emerging technologies, connectivity and infrastructure, cyber security, maritime security, humanitarian assistance/disaster relief, climate change and education. 

The release said that the Summit would provide a valuable opportunity for dialogue and interactions among the Leaders, anchored in their shared vision of ensuring a free, open and inclusive Indo-Pacific region.

Prime Minister Modi is scheduled to address the General Debate of the High-Level Segment of the 76th Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) on September 25, 2021, in New York. 

The theme for this year's General Debate is 'Building Resilience through hope to recover from COVID-19, rebuild sustainably, respond to the needs of the planet, respect the rights of people, and revitalise the United Nations'.

This will be Prime Minister's first visit to the United States since Joe Biden-led Democratic regime has taken over the charge of affairs in the U.S.

The U.S. to review ties with Pak: 

Meanwhile, in a major development, the U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken, in his testimony to U.S. Congress, said that Pakistan has "harboured" members of the Taliban, including the terrorists from the proscribed Haqqani network.

Asked by lawmakers if it is time for Washington to reassess its relationship with Pakistan, Blinken said: "We are going to be looking at in the days and weeks ahead, the role that Pakistan has played over the last 20 years."

He also said Washington would also review the Biden administration's role to see Pakistan playing in the coming years.
 

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