India and U.S. agreed to defend freedom of navigation in Indo Pacific

2021-02-09 16:45:50 Shipping News

India and United States have agreed to continue their close cooperation to promote a free and Open Indo Pacific including for freedom of navigation, territorial integrity and a strong regional security architecture through the Quad, a statement issued by the White House after a telephonic call Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi made to US President Joe Biden

Shared commitment to democratic values is the bedrock of the US-India relationship noted US President Joe Biden

US President Joe Biden underscored his desire to defend democratic institutions and norms around the world and noted the shared commitment to democratic values is the bedrock of the US-India relationship. They resolved that rule of law and democratic process must be upheld in Burma, the statement said summing up the contents of the telephonic talk between the two leaders

Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke to US President Joe Biden and discussed regional issues, climate change, and strategic partnership, among other issues.

In their first phone call after Joe Biden assumed office last month, PM Modi said he and the US President are 'committed to a rule-based international order'.

Taking to Twitter, PM Modi said, "Spoke to @POTUS @JoeBiden and conveyed my best wishes for his success. We discussed regional issues and our shared priorities. We also greed to further our co-operation against climate change."

"President @JoeBiden and I are committed to a rules-based international order. We look forward to consolidating our strategic partnership to further peace and security in the Indo-Pacific region and beyond."

According to a Prime Minister's Office statement on the telephonic conversation, PM Modi congratulated President Biden, conveyed best wishes for his tenure, and looked forward to working closely with him to further elevate the India-US Strategic Partnership. The leaders discussed at length regional developments and the wider geo-political context, the statement said.

PM Modi and Biden reiterated the importance of working with like-minded countries for rule-based international order

PM Modi and Biden reiterated the importance of working with like-minded countries to ensure a rule-based international order and a free, open and inclusive Indo-Pacific region, the statement said. Prime Minister Modi and President Biden affirmed the importance of addressing the challenge of global climate change. PM Modi also welcomed US President Joe Biden's decision to recommit to the Paris Agreement and highlighted the ambitious targets India has set for itself in the area of renewable energy, the PMO said.

The prime minister welcomed President Biden's initiative to organise the Climate Leaders Summit in April this year and looked forward to participating in the same, according to the statement. The prime minister also invited President Biden and Jill Biden to visit India at their earliest convenience.

US and India to work closely to win fight against Covid-19 pandemic

 White House said in a statement that the leaders committed that the US and India will “work closely together to win fight against Covid-19 pandemic, renew their partnership on climate change, rebuild the global economy in a way that benefits the people of both countries.”

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