India’s ambassador to the United States TS Sandhu on Monday (March 15) said that relations between India and the US will only grow under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Narendra Modi . Sandhu added that the relationship between the two leaders has been great as Biden (then Vive President) presided over the joint session address of the Prime Miniter to the US Congress in 2016.
The diplomat also announced that the US secretary of defense Llyod James Austin would visit India in the next week which he said shows the good spirit of the relationship between the two countries. Austin and Union Defence Minister Rajnath Singh will have a meeting while the former is in India during which discussions are expected to place over the defence partnership between the two countries.
Sandhu said that the recent QUAD meeting between the head of the states was originally scheduled to take place face to face but was held virtually due to the COVID pandemic.
The first Leaders’ Summit of the Quadrilateral Framework alliance was held on Friday (March 12) which was attended by Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi. Prime Minister of Australia Scott Morrison, Prime Minister of Japan Yoshihide Suga, and President of USA Joe Biden.
In the meeting, the Indian PM said, ” We are united by our democratic values, and our commitment to a free, open, and inclusive Indo-Pacific. Our agenda today – covering areas like vaccines, climate change, and emerging technologies – makes the Quad a force for global good.”
The alliance is seen as a challenge to China, especially in the South China Sea region. Previously, the Minister of External Affairs Subrahmanyam Jaishankar participated in the 3rd India-Australia-Japan-USA Quad Ministerial Meeting which was held on February 18, 2021, with his counterparts Foreign Minister Marise Payne, Foreign Minister Toshimitsu Motegi, and Secretary of State Antony Blinken.