Says, India, US are natural partners
By Lalit K Jha
DEMOCRATIC presidential candidate and former US Vice-President Joe Biden has said that if he wins the November elections, strengthening America’s strategic relationship with its natural partner India will be a “high priority” for his administration. Biden is challenging incumbent President Donald Trump, a Republican, in the November 3 US presidential election. “India needs to be a partner in the region for our safety’s sake and quite frankly for theirs,” Biden said in response to a question on the US-India relationship during a virtual fund raiser event. At the fund raiser hosted by Chairman and CEO of Beacon Capital Partners Alan Leventhal, the former Vice-President said that India and the United States were natural partners.
“That partnership, a strategic partnership, is necessary and important in our security,” Biden said when asked by an attendee whether India is critical to the US’ national security. Referring to his eight years as the Vice-President, he said, “In our administration I was proud to play a role more than a decade ago in securing Congressional approval for the US-India Civil Nuclear Agreement, which is a big deal”. “Helping open the door to great progress in our relationship and strengthening our strategic partnership with India was a high priority in the Obama-Biden administration and will be a high priority if I’m elected President,” Biden said.
‘Will revoke H1-B visa suspension’
July 2 (PTI)
DEMOCRATIC presidential candidate and former US Vice-President Joe Biden has said that he will lift the temporary suspension on H-1B visas, the most sought-after by Indian IT professionals, if he wins the November presidential elections. On June 23, in a huge blow to Indian IT professionals eyeing the US job market, the Trump administration suspended the H-1B visas along with other types of foreign work visas until the end of 2020 to protect American workers in a crucial election year.
“He (US President Donald Trump) just ended H-1B visas the rest of this year. That will not be in my administration,” Biden, 77, said responding to a question during the town hall. He was referring to the temporary suspension of H-1B visas and other foreign work visas by Trump for the rest of the year.