October 25, 2021, 9:57 am
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President Joe Biden of the United States and Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India

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The White House announced on Monday that Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Joe Biden will meet for the first time on Friday. The bilateral was mentioned first in a publicly posted itinerary, followed by a summit-level meeting of Quad leaders.

“In an interesting way, the bilateral discussion between the United States and India will help reinforce and give momentum to the Quad discussion because many of the topics are very much interrelated,” a senior administration official said during a briefing call with reporters in response to a question from The Hindu.

Afghanistan and, more broadly, counterterrorism will be on the bilateral agenda, according to the official. India is afraid that Afghanistan would become a safe haven for terrorists as well as a base from which they can launch strikes on Indian soil.

The two presidents will also share notes on a variety of regional concerns and trends, according to the source. As part of this, they are expected to address dynamics with Beijing.