PM Modi spoke to US President-elect Joe Biden on Tuesday, addressing the COVID-19 disease outbreak, environmental issues, and collaboration in the Indo-Pacific region, thus reinforcing their commitment to a strategic bilateral partnership.
This was the first meeting between the two representatives since Democrat Biden beat Donald Trump in the US presidential election.
“Spoke to US President-elect Joe Biden on phone to congratulate him. We reiterated our firm commitment to the Indo-US strategic partnership and discussed our shared priorities and concerns — COVID-19 pandemic, climate change, and cooperation in the Indo-Pacific Region,” Modi twitted.
The Prime Minister also displayed his appreciation to US Vice-President-Elect Kamala Harris.
“Her success is a matter of great pride and inspiration for members of the vibrant Indian-American community, who are a tremendous source of strength for Indo-US relations,” he said.
I also conveyed warm congratulations for VP-elect @KamalaHarris. Her success is a matter of great pride and inspiration for members of the vibrant Indian-American community, who are a tremendous source of strength for Indo-US relations.
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) November 17, 2020
The exchange took place on a day when Foreign Affairs minister S Jaishankar expressed trust that the links between India and the US would grow further under Biden’s presidency, noting that the US President-elect was part of the time when bilateral relations underwent a dramatic transformation.
Biden is considered to have been a keen supporter of stronger relations between India and the United States since he was a senator in the 1970s and played a crucial role in gaining the Senate’s acceptance of the 2008 bilateral civil nuclear agreement.
In the middle of hectic talks between the two countries to reach a civilian nuclear treaty, Biden was a crucial supporter of India in the Senate.
The agreement laid a solid basis for the strengthening of relations between the world’s two leading democracies.
The political and security relations between India and the US have seen significant expansion during Barack Obama’s presidency, and Biden, as vice president, has played a key role in this.
In his campaign files, Biden spoke about his vision for the US-India relationship and how to stand up to India in the face of challenges in the region.