Biden, right, with Modi before the Partnership for Global Infrastructure and Investment meeting at the G20 summit, on November 15, 2022, in Nusa Dua, Bali, Indonesia. Image Credit: AP file

Washington: US President Joe Biden plans to host Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi for a state dinner this summer, people familiar with the matter said.

The formal state visit is a sign of the deepening US-India relationship.

The White House aims for the state dinner to take place in June but the timing could slip, the people familiar said. A spokesman for the National Security Council declined to comment.

India is hosting the Group of 20 leaders summit in New Delhi in September, where Russia’s war in Ukraine will be among the chief topics of discussion. It’s not yet clear if Russian President Vladimir Putin will attend the gathering.

Biden is also expected to see Modi in Australia in May when they convene for the Quad summit along with the leaders of Australia and Japan.

The dinner with India’s leader will be Biden’s third formal state visit and dinner, following one he hosted for French President Emmanuel Macron in December and one for South Korean President Yoon Suk Yeol scheduled for April 26.

The US and India last month announced an Initiative on Critical and Emerging Technology, a plan to share advanced defense and computing technology, including the joint production of General Electric Co. jet engines.