U.S. President Joe Biden hosted Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the White House on Friday, ahead of the first in-person gathering of leaders of the Indo-Pacific alliance known as "the Quad."
READ MORE: U.S. President Joe Biden is meeting Friday with India Prime Minister Narendra Modi in the White House Oval Office before hosting the first in-person Quad Leaders Summit with Modi and leaders from Japan and Australia.
In addition to Biden and Modi, the Quad, officially named the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue, includes Prime Minister Scott Morrison of Australia and Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga of Japan.
The leaders, who met virtually in March, will discuss a variety of topics including strengthening relations in the face of China’s growing power in the Indo-Pacific region during their meeting later Friday.
“The Quad leaders will be focused on deepening our ties and advancing practical cooperation on areas such as combatting COVID-19, addressing the climate crisis, partnering on emerging technologies and cyberspace, and promoting a free and open Indo-Pacific,” White House press secretary Jenn Psaki said in a statement.
Before meeting individually with Biden, Modi told reporters that under Biden’s leadership “the seeds have been sown for the Indo-U.S. relations to expand, and for all democratic countries in the world, this is going to be a transformative period.”