Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Joe Biden pledged on Friday to launch a new chapter in the already deep ties between the two countries. Promising to take them to greater heights in the face of some of the toughest challenges facing them.
In their first in-person meeting after Biden assumed office, both leaders resorted to familiar warmth. Fuzzy formulations to talk up bilateral ties, avoiding any mention of third countries. While identifying challenges such as the pandemic, climate change, and ensuring stability in the Indo-Pacific region.
Prime Minister Modi said he had indeed followed up the story of Biden’s personal ties with India-. Which the US President said stems from an ancestor named George Biden who worked for the East India Company and married an Indian woman. He had brought with him some documents for the US President to peruse.
The two leaders gave scripted remarks that skirted hot-button geopolitical issues including Afghanistan, save for broad reference to indo-Pacific region. He put the pandemic and climate change front and center.
The bilateral meeting came a couple of hours before the two will be joined by the Prime Ministers of Australia. Also Japan for the first-ever in-person Quad summit that is ostensibly aimed at meeting challenges from an expansionist China.
Like during his meeting with US vice-president Kamala Harris. Modi was personally effusive towards Biden, lavishing praise for his “inspirational vision” of the US-India partnership and his efforts and initiatives to fulfill that vision. The coming decade will be a “transformative period” in the relationship, he said.
Biden abjured any personal lauding but talked up the democratic underpinning in both countries.
“Our partnership is more than what we do. It is about who we are. Our democratic values, our diversity, and family ties that include 4 million Indian-American who make United States stronger,”. The US President said, invoking Mahatma Gandhi’s birthday next week to remarks that-. “his message of nonviolence and tolerance matters more than ever before.”
Even as the meeting began, Biden remarked that the seat he led Modi to is occupied almost every day by an Indian American. A reference to his vice-president Kamala Harris, whose mother. The US President reminded, was a scientist and a “remarkable” woman from India.
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