PM Modi, US President-elect Joe Biden discuss Indo-Pacific, climate change in first phone call

“We reiterated our firm commitment to the Indo-US strategic partnership and discussed our shared priorities and concerns,” Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in a tweet after his first telephonic conversation with US President-elect Joe Biden on Tuesday.

File photo of US President-elect Joe Biden and Prime Minister Narendra Modi

File photo of US President-elect Joe Biden and Prime Minister Narendra Modi (Photo Credits: 2009-2017.state.gov/secretary/remarks/2014/09/232342.htm)

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday had a telephonic conversation with US President-elect Joe Biden. This was the first direct interaction between the two world leaders since Biden and his running mate Kamala Harris secured a Electoral College majority to win the presidency of the United States.

In a tweet, PM Modi said, “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.

“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,” the Prime Minister said in a second tweet.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi last met Joe Biden in Washington on September 30, 2014, when the latter was vice president to Barack Obama.

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The Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) had said earlier this week that PM Modi and US President-elect Joe Biden will speak with each othter in due course. Foreign Secretary Harsh Shringla and MEA spokesperson Anurag Srivastava have maintained that the India-US ties enjoy bipartisan support in America and the outcome of the presidential election will have little or no impact on the bilateral ties between the two countries.

Earlier this month, President Ram Nath Kovind and Congress party president Sonia Gandhi among other top leaders had congratulated Joe Biden and Kamala Harris on their electoral win.

Outgoing US President Donald Trump has broken away from tradition, refusing to concede to Biden. In fact, the Trump Campaign continues to make allegations of ‘rigged ballots’ and ‘election fraud’ that have been proven baseless by the US media.


PM Modi, US President-elect Joe Biden discuss Indo-Pacific, climate change in first phone call