Modi, Biden discuss India-US partnership, Covid-19 response

Our Bureau. New Delhi | Updated on November 18, 2020 Published on November 18, 2020

Indian PM also extends congratulations to Vice-President-elect Kamala Harris

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President-elect Joe Biden spoke on the telephone on Tuesday, and the two discussed priorities such as the Covid-19 pandemic and taking forward the India-US Comprehensive Global Strategic Partnership.

Modi said Biden’s win was a testament to the strength and resilience of democratic traditions in the US.

“The Prime Minister also extended his heartiest congratulations and best wishes to Vice-President-elect Senator Kamala Harris,” according to an official release of the Ministry of External Affairs.

India and the US had been working on increased cooperation in a number of areas such as bilateral trade, energy and defence with the Republican government under Donald Trump, some of which will now have to be reviewed.

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The leaders discussed their priorities, including containing the Covid-19 pandemic, promoting access to affordable vaccines, tackling climate change, and cooperation in the Indo-Pacific Region, the release added.

They also agreed to work closely to further advance the India-US Comprehensive Global Strategic Partnership, built on shared values and common interests.

In their conversation, Modi recalled his earlier interactions with Biden, including during his official visits to the United States in 2014 and in 2016, when the latter had chaired the Joint Session of the US Congress that was addressed by the Indian PM.

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Published on November 18, 2020
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