New York, March 12
US Vice President Kamala Harris will also participate in the first Quad summit with President Joe Biden and Prime Ministers Narendra Modi of India, Scott Morrison of Australia and Yoshihide Suga of Japan on Friday, according to the White House.
The virtual summit is scheduled for 8.30 am in Washington and 7 pm in Delhi (10.30 pm in Canberra and 12.30 am on Saturday in Tokyo). Reporters will be allowed to see the opening of the meeting, according to the White House schedules for Biden and Harris.
Biden’s spokesperson Jen Psaki said that National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan would give a readout of the meeting at noon (10.30 pm India time).
According to readouts, they discussed a wide range of regional and global issues during the one-on-one calls.
Most of Harris’s political career has been in California and during her four years in the Senate, she gained direct exposure to international affairs as a member of the Senate Intelligence Committee.
Modi and Harris will probably be face-to-face, though virtually, for the first time on Friday as there does not appear to be a record of any meetings between them.
‘Chithis’ as it is pronounced, is the Tamil term for aunts who are mother’s younger sisters and Harris used the word to include them while acknowledging her extended family in her speech accepting the Democratic Party nomination for vice president.
Harris’s niece Meena recently got involved in the farmers’ agitation in India tweeting support for it even though she has not opposed conditions in the US similar to what the Indian farmers are against. IANS