NSA Jake Sullivan to visit India Monday for iCET initiative, meet PM Modi


US National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan will be in India for the second meeting of the initiative on Critical and Emerging Technologies (iCET) Monday, June 17. This is the first trip to India by a senior American official after the Narendra Modi-led government came to power for the third consecutive term.

Sullivan was scheduled to visit New Delhi earlier in February, but the annual review meeting was rescheduled for June 17-18 due to other pressing commitments in the US.

People familiar with the developments told news agency ANI that Sullivan, along with Deputy Secretary of State Kurt Campbell, and other top officials, will meet with Modi and India’s External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar.

Sullivan is also scheduled to meet his Indian counterpart, Ajit Doval. This meeting will be followed by a joint statement between the two nations underscoring the progress made and the importance of the iCET mechanism for the two countries.

The two are also expected to discuss the situation in West Asia during their bilateral talks.

Earlier, President Biden and PM Modi discussed Sullivan’s upcoming visit to New Delhi during the call made by POTUS on June 5, to congratulate the Indian leader on his electoral win in the Lok Sabha polls.

“President Joe Biden, spoke today with Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India to congratulate him and the National Democratic Alliance on their historic victory in India’s general election,” the White House statement said.

Both leaders stressed their commitment to deepening the US-India Comprehensive and Global Strategic Partnership.

“The two leaders emphasized their commitment to deepening the US-India Comprehensive and Global Strategic Partnership and to advancing their shared vision of a free, open and prosperous Indo-Pacific region,” the statement added.

“The two leaders also discussed National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan’s upcoming travel to New Delhi to engage the new government on shared U.S.-India priorities, including the trusted, strategic technology partnership,” it read.

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