“The world is watching… It’s a big deal,” the head of the US-India business association said ahead of Prime Minister Modi’s visit India News

WASHINGTON: Before the Prime Minister Narendra Modi‘s US visit, the President of the US-India Business Council (USIBC). Atul Keshap said the entire US was excited about the visit of the Indian leader and both New Delhi and Washington, D.C could be “arsenals of democracy in the Eastern and Western Hemispheres” that would ensure deterrence of potential conflicts.
“The whole country and the whole city is excited and excited here in the Chamber and at the USIBC and we are excited. We are working day and night on our own ideas summit on June 12th and 13th and also on what is happening at the borders.” I think both governments are trying hard, we are in constant contact with both governments and I applaud them . I think they’re focusing on what’s important and I wish them every success,” Keshap told ANI.
“This is only the third state visit by an Indian visitor and the Indian leader to the United States in the entire history of our relationship… It’s a really big deal in the way the United States treats and honors visitors diplomatically.” State visits are reserved for our closest friends,” he added.
In response to reports that the Biden administration will agree to a potential multimillion-dollar government deal to allow General Electric (GE) to manufacture fighter jet engines in India during Prime Minister Modi’s US visit June 21-24 Keshap said the two governments are working to take their defense and technology ties to the next level.
“Well, let’s see what happens. Let’s see what the two governments can arrange. I know they work very hard. They are keen to ensure we can take our defense and technology relationship to the next level. The world is.” Watch. This is only India’s third state visit to the United States. It’s a big deal. A great honor for the government and people of India. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is coming here,” the former US envoy to India told ANI.
India is currently considering proposals from American and French companies for its Indian-made aircraft, including the LCA Mark 2 and the Advanced Medium Combat Aircraft. Evaluation of the proposals from both sides is ongoing. The key factors behind these proposals would be the level of technology transfer and pricing, government officials previously told ANI.
Referring to US-India defense relations, Keshap said much has been achieved in the past 20 years, but “there is much more we can do to ensure a free and open Indo-Pacific.”
The USIBC chief said: “I think a lot has been achieved in the last 20 years. If you look at the balance sheet of our two countries, how much we achieve together. But there is so much more we can do to ensure a free and open world.” Indo-Pacific. Our defense chiefs of staff are already discussing things not only bilaterally but also in the quad context. I think this is very helpful. There is obviously a lot of talk about possible fighter jet cooperation that could emerge from this summit. “
Keshap stressed that the USIBC has an aerospace and defense committee that includes the Indus
“And I think that’s the need of the hour. If you look at the pandemic and the lessons it has taught us and at recent geostrategic events, the free world needs to provide a very strong deterrent. India and the United States “can be the arsenals of democracy in the Eastern and Western Hemispheres and provide strength, and through strength we prevent any potential conflict,” he said.
Now the US Secretary of Defense Lloyd J Austin III will embark on a tour of four countries including India starting next week, according to an official statement from the US Department of Defense. This visit provides an opportunity to further deepen the “great defense partnership between the US and India as relations between the two countries enter a new and exciting chapter.”
Speaking to ANI, Keshap highlighted the critical and emerging technology initiative being undertaken between the two countries, which he described as “as important as the nuclear deal.” “It is strategically just as momentous as the nuclear deal,” he said. During his US visit in early February this year, NSA Ajit Doval emphasized that he would expand cooperation in the areas of defense, space, cybersecurity, underwater and innovative intelligence.
Since the landmark nuclear deal, US-India defense cooperation has only improved over the years, according to a statement by the US-India Strategic Partnership Forum (USISPF). Doval’s meeting with USISPF board members in February underscored US defense contractors’ commitment to military hardware production under the Indian government’s AtmanirbharBharat (Self-Reliant) initiative and on the software side of advanced technologies in cybersecurity and artificial intelligence (AI). .
Asked about US efforts in anticipation of Prime Minister Modi’s upcoming visit, Atul Keshap replied: “Let’s consider that over the past 25 years, our two countries have been on the path of strategic, economic and now technological convergence. “
When asked about the upcoming summit, he replied: “So we have our India Ideas Summit on June 12-13. We have a number of US officials who come to speak with our board, our sponsors and our 200+ employees.” Member Companies. These 200 companies represent trillions of dollars. They are leaders in innovation in terms of management quality, ethical behavior and environmental standards. They have helped build the modern world and the prosperity we all enjoy, especially technology. So we bring all of them together for our angles just like we did in New Delhi last September.
“On the occasion of Prime Minister Modi’s visit, we want to ensure that the world learns about the positive energy that is being generated in the US-India relationship between our peoples, between governments, between our corporate institutions and between all people who drive innovation.” ‘ said Keshap.
Prime Minister Modi is scheduled to leave for a visit to the United States on June 22 at the invitation of President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden.
The White House recently said Prime Minister Modi’s visit to the US will be an opportunity to reaffirm the deep, close partnership between the US and India. The White House press secretary said the visit will also strengthen the US-India shared commitment to a free, open, prosperous and secure Indo-Pacific, as well as a shared determination to evaluate strategic technology partnerships, including in defense, clean energy and space . (ANI)

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