PM Modi’s US Visit: The first bilateral meeting between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Joe Biden took place on Friday.
PM Modi’s US Visit: Prime Minister Narendra Modi (PM Modi) and US President Joe Biden (Joe Biden) The first bilateral meeting took place on Friday between During the meeting at the White House, both the leaders emphasized on further strengthening the relationship and helping each other. During this, the two leaders discussed several priority issues including Kovid-19 and climate change and the Indo-Pacific. Biden said the destiny of relations between India and the United States, the world’s two largest democracies, is to “get powerful, strengthen (be) and come closer”. Modi is on his 7th visit to the US since becoming Prime Minister in 2014. Terming Friday’s meeting with Biden as “important”, Modi said they were meeting in the third decade of this century.Also Read – Joe Biden warmly welcomes PM Modi, said – US-India relations can solve many global challenges
both the leaders met warmly
- Prime Minister Modi told Biden, ‘Your leadership will certainly play an important role in how this decade turns out. The seeds have been sown for a stronger friendship between India and America. Biden said that the destiny of relations between India and America, the world’s two largest democracies, is to be “strong, strong and coming closer”.
- The US President told Prime Minister Modi, ‘I have long believed that the US-India relationship can help us solve many global challenges. I had also said in 2006 that India and America would be the nations with the closest relations in the world. “Today we are marking a new chapter in the US-India relationship, starting with shared commitments and addressing the toughest challenges we face,” he said.
- Biden said that he and Prime Minister Modi will discuss what efforts can be made to deal with the problems of the Kovid-19 epidemic and climate change before the world. At the same time, they will brainstorm with their calm partners to ensure stability in the Indo-Pacific region. India, America and many other powers of the world are in talks to ensure that the Indo-Pacific region is kept free, open. This discussion is taking place in the backdrop of China increasing its military activities in the region.
- The US President said, ‘Certainly our partnership is far beyond what we are able to do. It’s about our shared commitment to upholding democratic values, our commitment to diversity, and our family ties that include the four million Indian-Americans who strive to make America stronger every day.
- He pointed out that next week the world will celebrate the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi. He said that the world today needs his message of non-violence, respect and tolerance more than ever before. To this Modi said, ‘Gandhiji used to talk about trusteeship, which is a very important concept for our planet in the times to come.’
- Modi said trade is an important aspect in India-US relations and a lot is likely to be done in this area. He said, ‘I am happy that Indians of Indian descent are actively contributing to the progress of America.’ Recalling his talks with Biden in 2014 and 2016, Modi said, “At that time you shared your vision about India and America. I am glad that you are working to make that vision a reality.’
- Earlier, the two leaders had met when Biden was the US Vice President. But, this is the first time Biden is meeting Modi since becoming the 46th US President in January.
- The two leaders, Biden and Modi, have spoken on the phone several times and have also attended some online meetings. These include a meeting of the ‘Quad’ hosted by the US President in March. The last telephonic conversation between them was on 26 April.
- President Biden tweeted just before the meeting, ‘This morning I am hosting Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, at the White House, for a bilateral meeting. I look forward to deepening the deepening ties between the two countries, maintaining a free and open Indo-Pacific region and working to tackle everything from COVID-19 to climate change.
- He said his visit would provide an opportunity to strengthen the India-US Comprehensive Strategic Partnership and exchange views with President Biden on regional and global issues of mutual interest. On the eve of the India-US bilateral summit, a senior official had said that the issues included discussions on new areas of cooperation.
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