PM Modi In US

The relationship between India and the US is “destined to be stronger, closer and tighter”, US President Joe Biden said during his meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the White House. The partnership is about a “shared responsibility to uphold democratic values” and their “joint commitment to diversity”.

 

Important Highlights:

  • Pointing out that Mahatma Gandhi’s birth anniversary will be marked next week, the US President said his message of “non-violence, respect, tolerance matters today maybe more than ever”.
  • PM Modi said,the next decade will be a “transformative period” in India-US relations, and refers to “democratic values, traditions to which both countries are committed” and said the “importance of these traditions will only increase further”.
  • This was the first in-person meeting between the two leaders after Biden assumed office in January, although they had spoken thrice on telephone and participated in three virtual summits together.
  • They also took part in the first in-person Quad leaders summit at the White House along with Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Japan’s Yoshihide Suga.
  • During his meeting with Modi, Biden stressed on Covid, climate change and Quad as three topics of discussion. Modi spoke about tradition, talent, technology, trade and trusteeship (five Ts). They spoke for about 20 minutes and then had a meeting for about an hour or so.
  • “I think that the relationship between India and the United States, the largest democracies in the world, is destined to be stronger, closer and tighter, and I believe it can benefit the whole world,” Biden said.
  • “Of course our partnership is more than just what we do. It’s about who we are…It’s about our shared responsibility to uphold democratic values, our joint commitment to diversity, and it’s about family ties, including four million Indian Americans who make the United States stronger every single day,” he said.
  • Modi later tweeted that he “had an outstanding meeting” with Biden. “His leadership on critical global issues is commendable. We discussed how India and the USA will further scale-up cooperation in different spheres and work together to overcome key challenges like Covid and climate change,” Modi said.
  • Biden said they are launching a “new chapter in the history of India-US ties”, taking on some of the “toughest challenges we face together, starting with a shared commitment”.
  • Apart from Covid and climate challenge, he said they will be talking about what more they can do to ensure stability in the Indo-Pacific, including with their partners.
  • Outlining a decade-long vision of bilateral ties, Modi said: “I find that under your leadership the seeds have been sown for Indo-US relations to expand, and for all democratic countries in the world, this is going to be a transformative period. I can see that very clearly.”