President-elect Joe Biden has said that he looks forward to working closely
with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on shared global challenges, including
containing COVID-19, launching the global economic recovery and maintaining a
secure and prosperous Indo-Pacific region, according to his transition.
the first interaction between the two leaders after Democrat Biden defeated
incumbent Republican president Donald Trump in the November 3 US presidential
to the Biden-Harris Transition, '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'.
Biden thanked Modi for his
thanked 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," said a readout of the call.
Tuesday, Modi said in a tweet that he "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
Minister's Office (PMO), in a statement said that Modi congratulated Biden on
his election, describing it as a testament to the strength and resilience of
democratic traditions in the United States.
Biden is known to be a strong proponent
of closer India-US ties
known to be a strong proponent of closer India-US ties since his days as a
Senator in the 1970s and played a key role in getting the approval of the
Senate for the bilateral civil nuclear deal in 2008. In the midst of hectic
negotiations between the two countries to conclude the civil nuclear deal,
Biden was a critical ally of India in the Senate. The deal had laid a strong
foundation for the deepening of ties between the two leading democracies of the
strategic and defence ties between India and the US witnessed major expansion
during Barack Obama's presidency and Biden, as the vice president, had played a
key role in it.