PM Narendra Modi dials Joe Biden, discusses shared concerns and priorities

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday discussed the shared concerns and priorities of India and the US, including the Covid-19 pandemic and cooperation in the Indo-Pacific during a phone conversation with President-elect Joe Biden.

Modi also conveyed congratulation to vice president-elect Kamala Harris, the first woman and also the first person of Indian-American origin to be elected to the position.

“Spoke to US President-elect @JoeBiden 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 Region,” he tweeted.

“I also conveyed warm congratulations for VP-elect @KamalaHarris. Her success is a matter of great pride and inspiration for members of the vibrant Indian-American community, who are a tremendous source of strength for Indo-US relations,” Modi said in a second tweet.

There was no immediate readout from the US side on the conversation.

Earlier, Modi had congratulated Biden and Harris on Twitter on November 8, when it became clear that the Democratic Party candidate was set to clinch the presidential election.

He had lauded Biden on a “spectacular victory” and described his contributions as the former vice president to strengthening Indo-US relations as “critical and invaluable”. He had added, “I look forward to working closely together once again to take India-US relations to greater heights.”

On the same day, Modi had also congratulated Harris through a tweet, saying: “Your success is pathbreaking, and a matter of immense pride not just for your chittis, but also for all Indian-Americans. I am confident that the vibrant India-US ties will get even stronger with your support and leadership.”

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