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Modi has talks with top American CEOs in Washington
Prime Minister Narendra Modi held wideranging talks with the CEOs of America's five largest companies such as Qualcomm, Adobe, General Atomics, Blackstone and First Solar. After a bilateral meeting with Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, Modi was expected to hold talks with President Joe Biden and Vice-President Kamala Harris before leaving for New York to address the UN Assembly. An in-person Quad summit tops his itinerary.

WASHINGTON, Sept 23: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi had back to back, one-to-one meeetings with top-ranking American CEOs in Washington on Thursday soon after his arrival on a hectic tour. They included Cristiano Amon of Qualcomm, Shantanu Narayen of Adobe, Vivek Lall of General Atomics, Stephan A Shwarzman of Blackstone and Mark Widmar of First Solar.

Cristiano Amon expressed his keenness to work with India on 5G and ‘Digital India’ programmes. Qualcomm is likely to have a partneship with India in the field of semi-conductors. Modi apprised him about India's liberalised drone policy.

President and CEO of Qualcomm Cristiano Amon and PM Narendra Modi had a productive interaction. PM Modi highlighted the vast opportunities India offers. Amon expressed keenness to work with India in areas such as 5G and other Digital India efforts, the PMO tweeted.

Modi and Shantanu Narayen discussed on creating centres of artificial intelligence in India.

Talks with Vivek Lall, a renowned scientist, is understood to have centred on India's plan to acquire 30 Predator drones. "There are a lot of potential areas of collaboration that we're in discussions with, I think US companies & many of my colleagues in US companies see India as a very promising destination," Vivek Lall, said after the meeting.

Stephan A Shwarzman has plans to expand investment in India. Modi proposed that there is huge scope for expansion of Blackstone’s partnership in India. He highlighted the reforms India has undertaken, especially the asset monetisation and bad bank initiatives wrapped up rcently.

Mark Widmar during the talks expressed high appreciation of unmatched Indian efforts to deal with climate change. The Indian Prime Minister also explained to the First Solar CEO about India’s ambitious green hydrogen mission. First Solar is a solar panel manufacturer

Modi later had a bilateral meeting with Scott Morrison, Prime Minister of Australia. They discussed covid, trade, defence, clean energy etc.

Earlier, he arrived in Washington to a rousing welcome by a gathering of Indian Americans. They chanted 'Modi' and waved the Indian flag. There is a four-million strong Indian diaspora in the US.

The Prime Minister commended the Indian Diaspora for distinguishing itself across the world. Later at his hotel he had an interaction with members of the community.

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