U.S. President Joe Biden will be travelling to India in September for the G20 Leaders' Summit in New Delhi. This was confirmed by Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia Donald Lu in a live interview with the press on April 27. It will be Biden's first visit to India as president of the United States.
“I know our president is looking forward to travelling to India in September. We're really excited about what's to come in the next few months. We are really thankful for the tremendous work India has done by hosting the G20 and we look forward to actively participating in the many future G20 meetings coming up this year, including the New Delhi Leaders’ Summit in September,” said Lu.
India and the U.S. share strong economic and political ties. The U.S. is India’s largest trading partner and export market. Many U.S. companies have expanded their operations in India. Likewise, Indian investment in the United States last year amounted to $12.7 billion and generated more than 70,000 American jobs. Overall, U.S.-India bilateral trade in goods and services reached a record $157 billion in 2022, according to the U.S. Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs.
Lu said that the U.S. sees the G20 as a powerful forum and opportunity to collaborate with the world's leading economies to respond to global challenges, including food security, health, energy insecurity, climate change and unsustainable debt.
“We have seen how the G20 brings together countries for collective action. This meeting in September is no exception,” he added.
The 18th G20 Heads of State and Government Summit in New Delhi will take place from September 9 to10 this year. The summit will be a culmination of all the G20 processes and meetings held throughout the year among ministers, senior officials, and civil societies.
At the end of the New Delhi summit, the G20 leaders are expected to release a declaration that will reaffirm their priorities and lay out the solutions reached during previous G20 meetings held the past year.