Seeds Sown For Stronger India-US Friendship, PM Modi At Meeting With President Biden

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi met with US President Joe Biden at the White House on Friday for his first in-person bilateral talks.

“Today’s bilateral summit is important. We are meeting at the start of the third decade of this century. Your leadership will certainly play an important role in how this decade is shaped. The seeds have been sown for an even stronger friendship between India and USA,” PM Modi said during the talks with President Biden.

Modi-Biden talks

The Prime Minister also said, “trade will be an important factor in India-USA ties in the coming decade”. He recalled his interactions with Mr Biden in 2014 and 2016. “That time you had shared your vision for ties between India and USA. I am glad to see you are working to realize this vision,” PM Modi said in his initial remarks at the White House.

The US President too said the ties with India are “destined to be tighter, closer”. He said: “Relations between India and US are destined to be stronger. We should explore what more we can do to fight COVID-19, climate challenges and work for a safer Indo-Pacific. Upholding democratic values, joint commitment to diversity, respect for non-violence and tolerance are more relevant today than ever.”

PM Modi also signed the visitor book in the Roosevelt Room of the White House. Later in the day, President Biden will host the first-ever in-person Quad Leaders’ Summit with Prime Ministers Modi and his counterparts from Japan  Yoshihide Suga and Australia Scott Morrison.

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