Major US newspapers highlighted Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s first state visit to the United States, with significant media coverage, including articles on technology and defense agreements signed between the two countries.
In a full-page Washington Post article, the newspaper noted that “in Prime Minister’s address to Congress, Modi stresses growth”.
“Lawmakers warmly welcomed Modi to the House of Representatives, giving him a loud ovation. Some in the gallery chanted his name as lawmakers lined up to shake his hand as he walked to the dais,” the report said.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi is currently in Washington for a state visit to the United States at the invitation of President Joe Biden. On Thursday, the two leaders held a historic summit where the two countries signed an agreement to jointly produce jet engines in India to power military aircraft and an agreement to sell armed drones to India.
Another article titled, “U.S. and India announce technology and defense deals,” read, “Biden and Modi announced several deals, including an agreement to jointly produce a GE fighter jet engine in India. and efforts to strengthen supply chains for microchips and other key technologies. The style section of The Washington Post features a half-page photograph of Prime Minister Modi flanked by the Bidens at the White House for the lavish state dinner.
The article accompanying the report says: “All the glitz but light on the joy”. A photograph of Prime Minister Narendra Modi greeting US lawmakers with a ‘Namaste’ during his address to the US Congress, made the front page of The New York Times, with the caption ‘In a joint session of Congress on Thursday, Prime Minister Indian Narendra Modi avoided using the words “Russia” and “China”.
A full-page cover of the visit is published inside the paper, with a photo of Biden with his hand on Modi’s shoulder, with the Washington Monument in the foreground, the two leaders gazing at the honor guard of ceremony and the thousands of Indians. Americans gathered on the South Lawn of the White House on a rainy Thursday morning.
The detailed New York Times report notes that “to mark their ties, the two leaders have launched a long list of joint initiatives in telecommunications, semiconductors, artificial intelligence and other fields”. The Financial Times published a photo of the two leaders standing for the national anthems on the South Lawn of the White House during the welcoming ceremony, with the caption ‘Stronger Bonds Biden and Modi Commit to Relationship “decisive” between democracies”.
A detailed report on the technology and defense agreements signed between the two leaders can be found on the second page.
“Joe Biden yesterday welcomed Narendra Modi to the White House for a state visit during which US and Indian leaders will announce defense and technology deals, including the purchase of US spy drones.” “These agreements, which include efforts to enhance space cooperation, mark a major initiative by the United States to draw New Delhi into its orbit as part of a plan to work with allies and partners to counter China.” , says the FT report.