WHITE HOUSE: PM MODI, BIDEN TO DISCUSS G20 AGENDA, MULTILATERAL DEVELOPMENT BANK REFORM

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Washington: US President Joe Biden and Prime Minister Narendra Modi are anticipated to have a conversation about the G20 agenda, in particular the opportunities for economic cooperation and multilateral investment that lie ahead of it, as well as the American leader’s strong desire to see multilateral development banks reform and reshaped, a White House official said.

John Kirby, coordinator for strategic communications at the National Security Council (NSC), also noted that there is very little chance that President Biden and Prime Minister Modi will talk about the environment or the ongoing crisis in Ukraine.

Before President Joe Biden leaves for New Delhi on Thursday and meets PM Modi the next day, Kirby made the remark.

When asked about the topics that President Biden and Prime Minister Modi will discuss on Friday, Kirby responded, “Well, without getting too far ahead of the meeting that hasn’t happened, it’s certainly going to be an appropriate follow-on to their very robust bilateral discussions here when we had – when we hosted Prime Minister Modi at the White House not long ago for a very thorough and official visit.”

“I believe you can anticipate that they will talk about the G20 agenda, in particular the potential for economic cooperation and multilateral investment that lie before the G20, as well as the President’s strong desire to continue multilateral development bank reform and restructuring.

I have little doubt that they will also discuss the common problem of climate change, as well as how much we hope to have a fruitful discussion at the G20 about a transition to clean energy technology and to see more countries, more G20 countries, invest in more clean energy technology as well as initiatives to reduce greenhouse gases,” he continued.

The NSC Coordinator continued by saying that he has little doubt that they will also talk about the current conflict in Ukraine and the negative impact it is having on low- and middle-income nations, which brings us straight back to the topic of economic cooperation.

According to Kirby, the two presidents will definitely talk about the security, economic, and diplomatic difficulties that the Indo-Pacific region is currently facing.

On September 9 and 10, the G20 Leaders’ Summit will be held in India, and US Vice President Joe Biden is expected to participate. His trip to India will begin on September 7.

At a news conference held at the Washington Foreign news Centre, Kirby told reporters that the President is enthusiastic about the significant initiatives he will be supporting at the G20.

The NSC coordinator stated that Biden’s priorities will be on creating economic opportunity for developing nations, moving forward on important issues for the American people, such as technology and climate change, and demonstrating our commitment to the G20 as a workable, if not essential, forum to address these kinds of issues.

BIDEN EXPECTED TO DISCUSS ON G20 AGENDA MULTILATERAL DEVELOPMENT BANK REFORM: WHITE HOUSE THURSDAY PM Modi SEPTEMBER 07

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