India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke to US President Joe Biden while expressing their commitment to a rule-based international order, discussed their shared priorities in the Indo-Pacific region.
Taking to Twitter, PM Modi said that he conveyed his best wishes to Biden on his success. Both sides also agreed to combat climate change. “Spoke to @POTUS @JoeBiden and conveyed my best wishes for his success. We discussed regional issues and our shared priorities. We also agreed to further our co-operation against climate change,” he tweeted.
The Prime Minister also said that he and the US President are looking forward to consolidating their strategic partnership to further peace and security in the Indo-Pacific region.
“President @JoeBiden and I are committed to a rules-based international order. We look forward to consolidating our strategic partnership to further peace and security in the Indo-Pacific region and beyond. @POTUS,” PM Modi said in a subsequent tweet.
US President Joe Biden committed that the United States and India will work closely to combat COVID-19, climate change, rebuild the global economy and stand together against global terrorism.
According to a statement from the White House, the leaders agreed to continue close cooperation to promote a free and open Indo-Pacific, including support for freedom of navigation, territorial integrity, and a stronger regional architecture through the Quad initiative.
Both the leaders agreed to stay in close touch on a range of global challenges and look forward to what the US and India will achieve together for their people and for their nations, as per the White House statement.
Biden also underscored his desire to defend democratic institutions and norms around the world and noted that a shared commitment to democratic values is the bedrock for the US-India relationship.
The US President and PM Modi further resolved that the rule of law and the democratic process must be upheld in Myanmar, the statement read.
This is the first conversation between PM Modi and Biden since the latter’s inauguration as the US President on January 20.