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Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Visit To The United States

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Visit To The United States:

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the United States marked a major step forward in India-US ties, with several significant agreements and partnerships being established.

Key highlights of the visit:

  • High-Tech Partnership:
    • Semiconductor supply chain agreements; Introduced Indo-U.S. Quantum Coordination Mechanism to facilitate better collaboration among academia and industries;
  • Defence Cooperation ·:
    • Strategic Defence partnership;
    • India – US Defence Acceleration Ecosystem (INDUS-X);
    • MoU between GE and HAL for manufacturing GE-F414 jet engines in India (with 80% technology transfer) to be used in Tejas Mk2
    • Purchase of 16 armed MQ-9B SeaGuardian UAVs;
    • Defence acceleration ecosystems;
    • Ship repair agreements;
    • Placement of Indian liaison officers at US commands
  • Space Cooperation:
    • India signing the Artemis Accords for lunar and space exploration;
    • NASA provides advanced training to Indian astronauts;
    • Strategic Framework for human spaceflight cooperation by 2023 end
    • NASA and ISRO have agreed to launch a joint mission to International Space Station in 2024
  • Trade and Consular Issues :
    • Resolution of WTO disputes and market access;
    • Establishment of new consulates in India (Bengaluru and Ahmedabad) and the US (India’s consulate in Seattle);
    • Relaxation in H1B visa norms
  • Clean Energy :
    • US-India New and Emerging Renewable Energy Technologies Action Platform to accelerate cooperation in green hydrogen and other emerging technologies.
    • U.S. Agency for International Development is to support Indian Railways’ to become a “net-zero” carbon emitter by 2030.