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Washington: US Vice President Joe Biden, Secretary of State John Kerry and India’s External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj will address a conclave of corporate America to kick off the first US-India Strategic and Commercial Dialogue next week.

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Besides them, other high-ranking government officials and captains of industry from both countries, will address the US-India Business Council’s 40th Annual Leadership Summit here on September 21.

The largest bilateral trade association in America, USIBC is comprised of over 300 top-tier US and Indian companies advancing US-India commercial ties.

“It’s a privilege for USIBC to host government and business leaders from both countries on the eve of the US-India Strategic and Commercial Dialogue and on the occasion of the council’s 40th anniversary,” said USIBC chairman Ajay Banga.

“The founding principle of the council four decades ago – which grew out of the vision of then US secretary of state Henry Kissinger – remains even more true today: the world’s largest democracies share a love of freedom and an entrepreneurial spirit that, if nurtured, can help realise the full potential of India-US relations,” he said.

Banga is also the president and CEO of MasterCard, leading American multinational financial services corporation processing bank payments and issuing credit and debit cards.

“The US business relationship with India is one of the most valuable in the world, and we have seen great progress over the last 40 years,” said USIBC president Mukesh Aghi.

“This level of bilateral engagement and commitment to furthering trust and cooperation has been one of USIBC’s hallmarks for the past four decades and will be for decades more to come,” he said.

The government-to-government dialogue at this year’s summit will also include US Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker, India’s Commerce and Industry Minister Nirmala Sitharaman, and Power, Coal and New and Renewable Energy Minister Piyush Goyal.

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Joe Biden, Sushma Swaraj, and John Kerry

USIBC also honours business and government leaders for their commitment towards building a more inclusive global economy.

This year’s honourees include Indra Nooyi, CEO and chairman of PepsiCo, and Shobhana Bhartia, chairperson and editorial director of the Hindustan Times group.

(Arun Kumar IANS)

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Joe Biden ‘Mistakenly’ Announces his Run for 2020 Presidential Election

"I didn't mean... Of anybody who would run! Because folks, we have to bring this country back together again"

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"I get criticized by the new Left. I have the most progressive record of anybody running for the United... anybody who would run," Biden said on Saturday night event. Wikimedia

Former US Vice President Joe Biden “mistankenly” announced he was running for President at a Democratic Party fundraising dinner in home turf Delaware, but earned an encouraging response from the gathering.

“I get criticized by the new Left. I have the most progressive record of anybody running for the United… anybody who would run,” Biden said on Saturday night event.

“I didn’t mean… Of anybody who would run! Because folks, we have to bring this country back together again.”

The line drew a raucous response from the Biden-friendly crowd, CNN reported.

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At the dinner, Biden offered a possible preview of a presidential campaign message, arguing the country is engaged in a “battle for the soul of America”. Wikimedia

Biden’s appearance in Delaware comes as he’s nearing a decision about a 2020 run. he has indicated to friends it’s “all but certain” he’ll run, and those familiar with discussions say an announcement could come as soon as April.

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At the dinner, Biden offered a possible preview of a presidential campaign message, arguing the country is engaged in a “battle for the soul of America”.

If Biden jumps into the fray, he would be taking part in an increasingly crowded race – as 15 other Democrats have already declared their bids.

They include Senators Elizabeth Warren, Kamala Harris and Bernie Sanders, who ran against Hillary Clinton in 2016. Former Texas Congressman Beto O’Rourke joined the race last week. (IANS)

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