A month ahead of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s state visit to the US, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Thursday met the United States Ambassador to India Eric Garcetti, and discussed various aspects of ties between the two countries.
"Great to welcome Ambassador Eric Garcetti of the United States. Discussed the enormous progress in our relationship, especially over the last decade. Exchanged views on the recent Quad Summit. Confident that India-US ties will continue to grow from strength to strength. @USAmbIndia," Jaishankar tweeted, referring to the gathering of the four Quad leaders on the margins of the G7 Summit in Hiroshima last week.
Replying to Jaishankar’s tweet, Garcetti said, “Thank you, @drsjaishankar, for the gracious welcome! As the U.S. Ambassador to India, I am thrilled to be here and witness the strong bond between our nations. The #USIndia partnership holds immense potential, and I am committed to further strengthening our ties.” Ambassador Garcetti presented his credentials to President Droupadi Murmu on May 11.
The US Embassy in India was without an ambassador since January 2021 after then-envoy Kenneth Juster’s resignation following a change of guard at the White House. On March 24, Former Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti was sworn in by US Vice-President Kamala Harris as the new US Ambassador to India.
On the sidelines of the G7 Summit, Jaishankar met with US Secretary of State Antony Blinken to discuss preparations for Modi’s visit to the US.
Despite the fact that Modi has visited the US to meet with past presidents Barack Obama and Donald Trump, those trips weren't state visits. This will also be the first state visit by an Indian premier since 2009.
A state visit is the highest-ranking visit for which a foreign head of state can be invited by a US president. A state visit consists of several events, such as a meeting with the president, a state dinner at the White House, a full-honours arrival and departure ceremony on the south grounds of the White House, and a 21-gun salute.
After South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol in April of this year and French President Emmanuel Macron in 2022, Modi is the third foreign head of state that Biden has asked for a state visit.
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