NEW DELHI: Prime minister Narendra Modi had his first phone conversation with US president-elect Joe Biden Tuesday night, setting the immediate priorities for the India-US relationship under the new president.
In a tweet, Modi said, “Spoke to US President-elect @JoeBiden 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.”
Spoke to US President-elect @JoeBiden on phone to congratulate him. We reiterated our firm commitment to the Indo-U… https://t.co/Pp1m2sq77K
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) 1605636480000
According to an official readout, Modi warmly congratulated President-elect Biden on his election, describing it as a testament to the strength and resilience of democratic traditions in the United States.
Climate change is back on the India US agenda under Biden. But equally important from India’s perspective is the continuing focus on the Indo Pacific.
Modi also went on to congratulate the new US vice-president Kamala Harris.
“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.”
I also conveyed warm congratulations for VP-elect @KamalaHarris. Her success is a matter of great pride and inspira… https://t.co/6R0TnJycRk
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) 1605636516000
The leaders agreed to work closely to further advance the India-U.S. Comprehensive Global Strategic Partnership, built on shared values and common interests. The leaders also discussed their priorities, including containing the Covid-19 pandemic, promoting access to affordable vaccines, tackling climate change, and cooperation in the Indo-Pacific Region.