CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA (AP) – Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese said Wednesday he plans to meet with President Joe Biden in the United States (US) following a trip to India this week, amid speculation the leaders will make an announcement about Australia’s plans to build nuclear-powered submarines.
Albanese gave few details of the US trip, saying there would be further announcements about the arrangements.
Albanese is visiting India through Saturday. United Kingdom officials confirmed yesterday that Prime Minister Rishi Sunak will meet with Biden and Albanese in San Diego on Monday for talks on Australia’s procurement of nuclear submarines under the AUKUS defence agreement among the three nations.
Albanese made the remarks to reporters at Perth Airport before boarding his plane to India.
He arrived yesterday in Ahmedabad in Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s home state of Gujarat at the start of his four-day visit.
Albanese paid tributes to Mohandas Gandhi, India’s independence leader, during a visit to the Sabarmati Ashram, which was one of Gandhi’s abodes in India.
Albanese later attended a cultural event related to the Hindu Holi festival at the state governor’s residence.