PM Modi, Joe Biden Talk, reaffirm their firm commitment to a strategic partnership

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Prime Minister Modi said he looks forward to working with US President-elect Joe Biden (file)

New Delhi:

Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke to US President-elect Joe Biden on Tuesday to congratulate him on his victory and reaffirm India’s firm commitment to its strategic partnership with the United States. The Prime Minister also congratulated elected Vice President Kamala Harris, saying her success was a matter of the pride of the Indian-American community.

“We spoke to US President-elect Joe Biden by phone to congratulate him. We reaffirmed our firm commitment to the strategic partnership between India and the US and discussed our shared priorities and concerns – the COVID-19 pandemic, the Climate change and cooperation in India. Pacific region, “the Prime Minister tweeted around midnight on Tuesday.

“I also conveyed warm congratulations to Vice President-elect Kamala Harris. Her success is a matter of great pride and inspiration for members of the vibrant Indian-American community who are a tremendous resource for India-US relations,” said PM Modes added.

On Tuesday, Foreign Minister S. Jaishankar had established positive relations with the new government in Biden and stated that the Democrat is “no stranger” to India.

In addition to working together to fight terrorism and climate change and fight the Covid pandemic, Mr Biden is expected to support India’s claim to a permanent seat on the UN Security Council.

According to a strategy paper released during the election, the president-elect believes that “no common global challenge can be solved without India and the US working together as responsible partners”.

Mr Biden appeared in defense of India ahead of the start of the elections in October after Donald Trump spoke of “dirty air” in India as he defended his decision to withdraw from the Paris Agreement.

“It’s not how you talk about friends – and it’s not how you solve global challenges like climate change,” he tweeted. He later said his government would focus on working with India to reduce carbon emissions and secure clean and renewable energy sources.

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77-year-old Joseph Biden defeated 74-year-old Donald Trump in a highly competitive presidential election that attracted a record number of American voters. Mr Biden garnered 306 electoral college votes (it took 270 to win) on Mr Trump’s 232 and voted nearly 79 lakh votes on Mr Trump’s 73.2 lakh.

Mr Trump has since struggled with unfounded allegations of election fraud and social media miscounts. Some of his tweets have since been flagged as “controversial” by Twitter.

Hours after Mr Biden’s victory was announced by US media networks, Prime Minister Modi tweeted his congratulations along with other world leaders including Canadian and British Prime Ministers and French President Emmanuel Macron.

He also congratulated Ms. Harris and called her success “groundbreaking”. “I am confident that your support and guidance will strengthen the vibrant relationship between India and the US,” he said.

Mr. Biden is expected to be sworn in as the 46th President of the United States on January 20.

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