US President Joe Biden’s Journey to India for the G20 Summit: Key Agenda and Global Expectations

Less than an hour before departing for India, the White House announced, ‘The President’s COVID test has come back negative.’

President Joe Biden arrived at Andrews Air Force Base, Maryland (USA), on Thursday, September 7, 2023, to participate in the G20 Summit in New Delhi.

The American President, Joe Biden is in New Delhi to attend the historic G20 Summit under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday, September 7, 2023.

The White House has stated that during President Biden’s G20 Summit journey to India, he will follow the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) COVID-19 guidelines for disease control and prevention.

First Lady Jill Biden, aged 72, took a COVID test on Monday. President Biden, aged 80, had been tested for the virus on Monday and Tuesday following his wife’s positive test, but his results were negative.

Less than an hour before departing for India, the White House announced, ‘The President’s COVID test has come back negative.’

After her positive test, the First Lady was isolated at their Delaware home and will not be traveling with the President to India and Vietnam. On Thursday, her office said, ‘The First Lady’s COVID test today came back negative.’

G20 Summit

Among those traveling with the American President to Andrews Air Force Base are Jake Sullivan, the National Security Advisor; General Gen. Jen O’Malley Dillon, Deputy Chief of Staff; and Annie Tomasini, Director of Oval Office Operations.

Accompanying the President are also John Finer, Deputy National Security Advisor; Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre; Speechwriting Director Vinay Reddy; Communication Director Ben LaBolt; Scheduling and Advance Director Ryan Montoya; Chief of Protocol Ethan Rosenzweig; and NSC Coordinator for the Indo-Pacific Kurt Campbell, among others.

According to the White House, President Biden will stop in Ramstein, Germany, on Friday evening to refuel before arriving in New Delhi.

In his first trip to India as President of the United States, Biden will also welcome the African Union as a guest member of the G20, a move endorsed and praised by world leaders.

There is hope for a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Modi on Friday.

The issues that could come up during the meeting include Ukraine, critical and emerging technologies, and some deals, such as drones with General Atomics and jet engines with General Electric.

On the next day, President Biden will participate in the official arrival and greet Prime Minister Modi. He will then participate in a series of G20 leaders‘ meetings, Session 1: “One Earth,” and Session 2: “One Family.”

He will also participate in a partnership for a global infrastructure and investment program and conclude the day with a dinner and cultural program with G20 leaders.

The White House said that before departing for Hanoi, Vietnam, President Biden and the G20 leaders will visit the Rajghat memorial in India.

He is also excited to warmly welcome the African Union as a permanent member of the G20 during India’s chairmanship.

G20 Summit

G20 member countries represent nearly 85 percent of the global GDP, over 75 percent of global trade, and approximately two-thirds of the world’s population.

“We know that you would like to see an Indian joint statement as well if you wish, so we will see how that goes,” Kirby said.

Besides President Biden, the G20 leaders who have already confirmed their participation in the summit include French President Emmanuel Macron, Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz, UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida, and Brazilian President Luiz InĂ¡cio Lula da Silva.

Prime Minister Modi will hand over the G20 chairmanship to Brazilian President Lula on September 10.

The G20 group includes Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, the Republic of Korea, Mexico, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa, Turkey, the United Kingdom, and the United States, along with the European Union

Leave a Comment