NEW DELHI :
PRIME Minister Narendra Modi spoke with US President-elect Joe Biden on Tuesday, as the two leaders discussed the COVID-19 pandemic, climate change and cooperation in the Indo-Pacific region, while reiterating firm commitment to strategic bilateral partnership. This was the first interaction between the two leaders after Democrat Biden defeated incumbent President Donald Trump in the US presidential election. “Spoke to US President-elect Joe Biden 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,” Modi said in a tweet. The Prime Minister also conveyed his congratulations to US Vice President-elect Kamala Harris. “Her success is a matter of great pride for members of the vibrant Indian-American community, who are a tremendous source of strength for Indo-US relations,” he said.
Harris, the daughter of an Indian immigrant from Chennai, has created history by becoming the first Black American woman to be elected as the country’s Vice President. While Indian-origin politicians have been elected as heads of the state in various parts of the world in the last several decades, from Mauritius to Fiji, Harris, 56, as the vice president of the United States would be the most powerful politician ever.