PM Modi Congratulates Biden & Kamala Harris, Reaffirms Commitment To Indo-US Strategic Ties

Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke to United States President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris over phone on Tuesday. PM Modi congratulated them on their stellar victory in the US elections and reaffirmed the importance of Indo-US strategic commitments and bilateral ties.

Key issues including the raging COVID-19 pandemic, climate change and bilateral cooperation in the Indo-Pacific region came up during the discussion between the leaders.

“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 said in a tweet.

PM Modi also described Kamala Harris’ victory as a “matter of great pride and inspiration” for Indian-Americans.

“I also conveyed warm congratulations for 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,” PM Modi said in a tweet.

“The President-elect noted that he looks forward to working closely with the prime minister on shared global challenges, including containing COVID-19 and defending against future health crises, tackling the threat of climate change, launching the global economic recovery, strengthening democracy at home and abroad, and maintaining a secure and prosperous Indo-Pacific region,” said a statement from Biden’s transition team.

Biden thanked PM Modi for his congratulations and “expressed his desire to strengthen and expand the US-India strategic partnership alongside the first vice president of South Asian descent,” the readout of the call said.

Earlier on Tuesday, External Affairs Minister Dr S Jaishankar talked up positive ties with the incoming Biden administration. Exuding confidence that Indo-US bilateral ties will expand further under Biden’s administration, he said, “As Vice President, we dealt with him. I happened to be the ambassador during the last phase of the Obama administration. We’d known him earlier when he was in the Senate Foreign Relations Committee as the ranking Democratic member and then as the chairman.”

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