Biden’s aide Sullivan travels to India to prepare for Modi’s state visit

By Trevor Hunnicutt

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – President Joe Biden’s national security adviser Jake Sullivan will travel to India next week for final preparations ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s state visit to Washington later this month, senior US officials told Reuters.

Washington is working to deepen ties with the world’s largest democracy, forging military and industrial ties with the South Asian country as a key counterweight to China’s dominance, even as the two democracies differ on how to handle Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

“The Prime Minister’s visit is an opportunity for the President to affirm a vision of the United States and India as the world’s closest partners,” one of the officials said of the visit. state, which includes a dinner at the White House on June 22.

“The National Security Adviser’s trip next week to India is focused on a lot of that, reviewing the results and making sure we’re headed in the right direction.”

The White House has not announced Sullivan’s trip, and officials declined to be named.

Last May, Biden and Modi announced a “bilateral Critical and Emerging Technologies Initiative,” dubbed “iCET,” calling on their governments to work together on cutting-edge technologies ranging from artificial intelligence (AI) to microchips. -conductors and quantum computing, particularly in the field of defence.

As part of the move, the Biden administration is set to sign a deal that would allow General Electric to produce jet engines powering Indian military planes in that country, Reuters reported on May 31.

“I think we are moving in the right direction,” the US official said on Wednesday. “We will notify Congress shortly.”

India, the world’s largest arms importer, depends on Russia for nearly half of its military supplies and has bought fighter jets, tanks, nuclear submarines and an aircraft carrier over the decades.

Washington has been keen to do more for India’s defense needs and this year to seek support from the Group of 20 (G20) host to lobby Russia for war in Ukraine.

(Reporting by Trevor Hunnicutt; Editing by Heather Timmons and Chizu Nomiyama)

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