US Vice President Joe Biden's four-day India visit begins today

New Delhi, PTI | Updated : 22 July 2013, 08:53 AM

Joe Biden will be on his maiden visit to India as US Vice President on Monday to discuss key bilateral issues, including trade, energy and defence, to make Indo-US ties the most important strategic partnership of the 21st century.

During his four-day-long stay in India, Biden will hold meetings with top Indian leadership, including President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

Mr Biden, accompanied by his wife Jill will arrive in New Delhi on Monday, would focus on four key issues of economic and trade ties, energy and climate change; defense co-operation and a wide range of regional co-operation.

The 70-year-old Vice President had visited New Delhi in 2008 as a Senator. He will also hold talks with Vice President Hamid Ansari and the Leader of Opposition Sushma Swaraj.

All his meetings have been scheduled for July 23, at the end of which he would attend a dinner hosted in his honour by Vice President Hamid Ansari.

Mr Biden will spend the next two days - July 24 and 25 - in Mumbai, where he is scheduled to meet the business leaders at a round table and deliver a policy speech at the Bombay Stock Exchange.

He is expected to set up an "ambitious vision" for India-US relationship. He will leave for Singapore on July 25.

First Published: Monday, July 22, 2013 08:51 AM
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