External Affairs Minister (EAM) Dr. S Jaishankar participated in a discussion on India-US collaboration on critical and emerging tech and creating resilient supply chains. The meeting was convened by US-India Strategic Partnership Forum (USISPF) on Thursday, in Washington DC, during a luncheon discussion with EAM Jaishankar. Discussions on strengthening US-India commercial ties, increased collaboration.
Expressing his happiness that India is the major talking point in corporate boardrooms, EAM Jaishankar said, “Glad to know that India is the major talking point in corporate boardrooms. Our collaboration offers more possibilities with each passing day.”
In May 2022, the India-US Initiative on Critical and Emerging Technologies (iCET) was announced as a major partnership to boost cooperation in between their leading security agencies. Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Joe Biden vowed to work together for a more prosperous, free, connected and secure world. The aim is to elevate the strategic technological partnership and defence industrial cooperation between the government, businesses, and academic institutions of the two countries.
Earlier, India and US had planned to undertake a midterm review of iCET in September 2023 to continue to drive momentum toward the annual iCET review, co-led by the National Security Advisors of both countries, in early 2024.
During his visit to Washington, EAM Dr. S Jaishankar held a meeting with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken at the State Department. Dr. Jaishankar shared on social media that they engaged in a comprehensive discussion, building upon the outcomes of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the US in June. They also exchanged views on global developments and set the stage for the upcoming India-US 22 meeting.
The visit commenced with Dr. Jaishankar meeting with US National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan. Both acknowledged the remarkable progress in the India-US bilateral relationship throughout the year and explored avenues for further development. Additionally, the EAM had a constructive interaction with various think tanks in Washington DC. Their discussions revolved around ongoing global transformations and India’s expanding role on the world stage.
The EAM also convened a discussion on enhancing US-India energy cooperation and strengthening our partnership in the Indo-Pacific area with the Quad and in the Middle East with the I2U2 and the new India, Middle East Europe Economic Corridor (IMEEC).
Dr Jaishankar also met US Trade Representative Katherine Tai. They spoke about the Indo-US expanding trade and economic relationship and its broader significance. He expressed happiness that India is the major talking point in corporate boardrooms. He said India – US collaboration offers more possibilities with each passing day. Dr Jaishankar also met Members of US Parliament Congress, Administration, business and think tank heads at India House. He said, the regular conversations keep India-US relationship strong.