Joe Biden arrives in India on four day state visit
US Vice President Joe Biden arrived here Monday on a four-day state visit, during which he will interact with the Indian leadership on a variety of issues of mutual interest to the two countries, address captains of Indian industry, the student community and American embassy staff.
Biden, who is being accompanied by his wife Jill, and a senior officials of the Obama administration, was received by Foreign Secretary Ranjan Mathai, India’s Ambassador to Washington Nirupama Rao and other senior officials in the technical area of the Indira Gandhi International Airport (IGIA.
He is the first U.S. vice-president to visit India after three decades.
Soon after his arrival in the Indian capital, the American vice president is scheduled to go to Rajghat, the memorial of Mahatma Gandhi, to pay homage and tribute to the Father of the Nation and to Gandhi Smriti, a museum dedicated to Mahatma Gandhi.
The official part of Biden’s visit will begin Tuesday, when he meets top leaders in New Delhi.
Biden will call on President Pranab Mukherjee, Vice President Hamid Ansari, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and other leaders to discuss India-U.S. engagement on a broad array of issues, including ways to enhance economic growth, and cooperation in trade, energy and climate change, security and strategic opportunities, besides investments in innovation and education.
He will also address staff at the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi.
In Mumbai, Biden will deliver a speech on U.S.-India relations and meet the business community and students on Wednesday.
He then leaves for Singapore for the final leg of his nearly week-long trip.
“This trip will be an important opportunity to strengthen our partnerships within the region and reaffirm our commitment to re-balancing US foreign policy towards the Asia-Pacific,” the White House had said earlier before Biden’s departure for India.
His visit to India is expected to lay the ground work for a visit to the United States of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in September-October, during which he is expected to hold meetings with President Barack Obama.