Indian prime minister Modi meets first Indian American VP Harris

Indian prime minister Modi meets first Indian American VP Harris
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Daily US Times: Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has met US Vice-President Kamala Harris, the highest-ranking Indian American in US history, in Washington on Thursday. This is the first meeting between Mr Modi and Ms Harris.

Ms Harris is the first black, first woman and south Asian vice-president.

Mr Modi congratulated the US Vice-president on her historic position and invited her to visit India.

He said: “The people of India are waiting to welcome you.”

In November, after result of the US election came out, residents of Ms Harris’ ancestral village, Thulasendrapuram, in India’s south, marched in the street and lit fireworks.

Mr Modi’s three-day trip to the US ends on Friday, when he will meet President Joe Biden for the first time.

The meeting comes as the Taliban took control of Afghanistan last month and establishes its new governing structure. A spokesperson for the Taliban said earlier this month, that it intends to “raise its voice for Muslims” in Indian-administered Kashmir.

Pakistan and India control different parts of the Muslim-majority territory, but both claim it as wholly theirs.

During the 2019 campaign, Kamala Harris condemned Narendra Modi’s actions in Kashmir revoking part of the region’s autonomy – one of the few candidates to do so.

Mr Modi will also attend the so-called “Quad” summit with Mr Biden and leaders of Japan and Australia on Friday – part of a White House effort to boost cooperation in the Asia-Pacific region.

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