India’s Prime Minister Modi to Attend Quad Leaders Summit in DC

President Joe Biden will host the first-ever Quad Leaders' Summit at the White House on September 24, 2021. Biden will host Prime Minister Scott Morrison of Australia, Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India, and Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga of Japan. The Biden-Harris Administration has made elevating the Quad (Quadrilateral Framework) a priority, as seen through the first-ever Quad Leaders-level engagement back in March, which was virtual, and now this Summit, which will be in-person. The Quad's mission is to engage in the Indo-Pacific, including through new multilateral configurations to meet the challenges of the 21st century. The leaders will focus on deepening ties and advancing practical cooperation on areas such as combatting COVID-19, addressing the climate crisis, partnering on emerging technologies and cyberspace, and promoting a free and open Indo-Pacific.

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. 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 Summit will provide an opportunity for dialogue and interactions among the Leaders, anchored in their shared vision of ensuring a free, open and inclusive Indo-Pacific region.

PM Modi is also 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 revitalize the United Nations."