New Delhi | Jagran News Desk: Prime Minister Narendra Modi along with his counterparts from Australia and Japan on Friday attended the first in-person meeting of Quad leaders hosted by US President Joe Biden during which they plan to discuss issues like climate change, COVID-19 pandemic and challenges in the Indo Pacific, amidst China's growing military presence in the strategic region. In November 2017, India, Japan, the US and Australia gave shape to the long-pending proposal of setting up the Quad to develop a new strategy to keep the critical sea routes in the Indo-Pacific free of any influence.

At the invitation of President Biden, Prime Minister Modi and his counterparts Scott Morrison from Australia and Yoshihide Suga from Japan have gathered in the American capital for the first-ever in-person Quad summit at the White House. In his opening remarks, President Biden said the four democracies have come together to take on common challenges from Covid to climate. "We know how to get things done and are up to the challenge," he said. Prime Minister Modi said he was "confident that our participation in Quad will establish peace and prosperity in the world."

Here are the Highlights from PM Modi's meet with Joe Biden:

12:50 am: Indo-Pacific should be open and free, emphasises Japanese PM Suga

12:35 am: I hope that we'll have a good & relevant Summit. Besides this, the bans that were placed (that has now been lifted by US) on Japanese food products, I had requested you in April for it (to lift the ban). It's a huge step that you took, thank you for it: Japan's PM Yoshihide Suga

12:30 am: Today, we are also launching a new Quad fellowship for students from each of our Quad countries to pursue advanced degrees in leading stem programs here in the United States, representing an investment in the leaders, innovators & pioneers of tomorrow: US President Joe Biden

12:10 am: Quad is a very important initiative by the 4 nations that believe in fundamental rights & are of the view that Indo-Pacific should be free & open. Till date, Quad has given its absolute cooperation in big sectors, be it regional challenges or COVID-19: Japanese PM Yoshihide Suga

12:03 am: In a way, our Quad will work as a 'force for global good'. I believe that our cooperation in Quad will ensure peace and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific as well as the entire world: PM Narendra Modi's opening remarks at Quad Leaders' Summit

12:00 am: Our Quad vaccine initiative will help Indo-Pacific nations. Quad decided to go ahead with a positive approach on basis of our shared democratic values. I'd be happy to discuss with my friends-be it supply chain,global security,climate action,COVID response or tech cooperation: PM

11:55 pm: Our four nations met for the first time after 2004 Tsunami to help the Indo-Pacific region. Today, when the world is fighting against #COVID19 pandemic, we have come here once again as Quad for the welfare of humanity: PM Narendra Modi's opening remarks at Quad Leaders' Summit

11:45 pm: Quad Leader's Summit begins at The White House. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, US President Joe Biden, Australian PM Scott Morrison and Japanese PM Yoshihide Suga take part in the Summit

11:40 pm: Washington DC | Quad Leaders' Summit to begin shortly at The White House EAM Dr. S Jaishankar, NSA Ajit Doval, Foreign Secretary HV Shringla present

11:35 pm: Washington DC | Indian delegation arrives at the East Room, White House for Quad Leaders' Summit

11:30 pm: US Pres Biden led delegation included Secy of State Antony Blinken, Assistant to President for National Security Affairs Jake Sullivan, Special Presidential Envoy for Climate John Kerry, Deputy Assistant to the President and Coordinator for Indo-Pacific Affairs, NSC Kurt Campbell

11:28 pm: The Indian delegation for bilateral meeting with US President Joe Biden led by PM Modi included EAM Dr S Jaishankar, NSA Doval, Foreign Secretary HV Shringla, India's ambassador to US TS Sandhu, Jt Secy to the PM RG Shresth and Private Secy to the PM Vivek Kumar

11:26 pm: As per sources, Quad Leaders' Summit will touch upon a number of subjects incl 5G, climate change, critical infrastructure, supply chains and regional security. Earlier today, US Pres Biden mentioned that Afghanistan will be one of the topics of discussion during the summit.

11:15 pm: Washington DC | Quad Leaders' Summit expected to begin soon at the East Room of the White House

10:40 pm: When I showed the PM to his seat, I pointed out that the seat is occupied almost every day by an Indian American (US Vice President Kamala Harris). Vice President's mother was from India - a scientist & a remarkable woman: US President Joe Biden at the bilateral meet with PM Modi

10:11 pm: Washington DC: PM Narendra Modi leaves from the White House after his bilateral meeting with US President Joe Biden. He will attend the first in-person Quad Leaders' Summit later today.

10:07 pm: Prime Minister Narendra Modi signed the visitor book in the Roosevelt Room of the White House, says MEA spokesperson

10:04 pm: Each of the subjects mentioned by President Biden are crucial for the India-USA friendship. His efforts on COVID-19, mitigating climate change and the Quad are noteworthy: PM Modi

9:57 pm: President Joe Biden mentioned Gandhi ji's Jayanti. Gandhi ji spoke about Trusteeship, a concept which is very important for our planet in the times to come: PM Narendra Modi

9:48 pm: Prime Minister Narendra Modi receives a warm welcome from US President Joe Biden at the White House

9:46 pm: Trade holds importance on its own b/w India & the US. In this decade, we can be complementary to each other. There are many things with the US, that are needed by India and many things with India that can be useful for the US. Trade will be a major sector in this decade: PM Modi

9:43 pm: President Joe Biden mentioned Gandhi ji's Jayanti. Gandhi ji spoke about Trusteeship, a concept which is very important for our planet in the times to come: PM Narendra Modi

9:40 pm: Each of the subjects mentioned by President Biden are crucial for the India-USA friendship. His efforts on COVID-19, mitigating climate change and the Quad are noteworthy: PM Modi

9:38 pm: Technology is becoming a driving force. We have to utilise our talents to leverage technology for the greater global good: PM Modi during bilateral meeting with US President Biden

9:30 pm: Today’s bilateral summit is important. We are meeting at the start of the third decade of this century. Your leadership will certainly play an important role in how this decade is shaped. The seeds have been sown for an even stronger friendship between India and USA: PM Modi

9:25 pm: I see that under your leadership the seeds have been sown for India-US relations to expand: Prime Minister Narendra Modi makes opening remarks during bilateral with US President Joe Biden

9:20 pm: I've long believed that US-India relationship can help us solve a lot of global challenges. In fact back in 2006 when I was the Vice President, I said that by 2020 India & US will be among the closest nations in the world: US President Joe Biden at the bilateral meet with PM Modi

9:15 pm: I thank you for the warm welcome accorded to me & my delegation. Earlier, we had an opportunity to hold discussions, & at that time you had laid out the vision for India-US bilateral relations. Today, you are taking initiatives to implement your vision for India-US relations: PM

9:00 pm: Washington, DC | Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Joe Biden engage in a bilateral meeting at the Oval Office in the White House.

8:50 pm: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Joe Biden hold a bilateral meeting at the Oval Office in the White House

8:42 pm: This morning I’m hosting Indian PM Narendra Modi at the White House for a bilateral meeting. I look forward to strengthening the deep ties between our two nations, working to uphold a free & open Indo-Pacific, and tackling everything from COVID-19 to climate change: US President

8:38 pm: Washington DC | Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrives at the White House to hold a bilateral meeting with US President Joe Biden

8:33 pm: Washington DC | Prime Minister Narendra Modi to arrive at the White House shortly White House Acting Chief of Protocol will greet the PM at the West Wing door on his arrival. PM Modi and President Biden's hour-long meeting will take place at the Oval Office.

8:30 pm: Members of the Indian community gathered outside the White House ahead of PM Narendra Modi arrival for a bilateral meeting with US President Joe Biden

8:25 pm: The meeting comes in the background of the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan and the two leaders will discuss regional and global issues of mutual interest.

8:20 pm: US President Joe Biden said before his meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, "I am going to have a meeting with QUAD, with the leaders of India, Japan and Australia. We will be talking about Afghanistan...which is a legitimate thing to talk about," he said.

8:15 pm: Washington DC: A large number of Indian-Americans begin gathering outside the White House ahead of the arrival of PM Narendra Modi. The PM will have a bilateral meeting with US President Joe Biden today. He will later participate in the first-in-person Quad Leaders' Summit.

8:00 pm: Celebrations continue outside White House, Washington DC as people wait to welcome PM Modi. "We feel privileged to welcome him here. He's a promising leader, can take India to greater heights,"a supporter says.

7:45 pm: On Thursday, the Prime Minister held bilateral meetings with United States Vice President Kamala Harris and Prime Ministers of Australia and Japan. He also met the CEOs of five major US corporates. The United States is India's single largest trading partner and a source of foreign direct investments.

Posted By: Talibuddin Khan