Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke over the phone with the US President-elect Joe Biden, late on Tuesday, in their first conversation following the 2020 US Presidential election.
PM Modi tweeted later on Tuesday announcing that the two leaders spoke over the phone and Modi congratulated the US president-elect Joe Biden alongside discussing shared interests between the two world’s biggest democracies, the External Affairs Ministry said.
The PM congratulated Biden and discussed shared priorities and commitments like mitigating the pandemic, tackling climate change to reiterating “our firm commitment to the Indo-US strategic partnership.”
India joined a slew of other European and Asian nations to extend congratulatory messages to President Joe Biden who recently took the US State of Georgia, taking his Electoral College votes to surpass the 300 marks, way ahead of the 270 he needed to claim the White House.
Modi also extended congratulations to Vice President-elect Kamala Harris who has Indian-origin. Modi said: “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.”
Statement from Biden’s transition team also echoed the same sentiments as Modi’s.
“The president-elect noted that he looks forward to working closely with the prime minister on shared global challenges, including containing COVID-19 and defending against future health crises, tackling the threat of climate change, launching the global economic recovery, strengthening democracy at home and abroad, and maintaining a secure and prosperous Indo-Pacific region,” a statement from Joe Biden’s transition team said.
Kamala Harris made history by becoming the first woman Vice President of the United States with Black and South Asian origin.
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Joe Biden, under the Obama administration, visited India in 2013 as the Vice President of the United States.
Narendra Modi, during his November 8 congratulatory message after Biden’s projected win, recalled his interaction with Biden during a State visit to the US in 2014 and 2016, when Biden was Obama’s Vice President.
Leading up to the White House win, Biden during one of his campaign speeches condemned Modi’s Hindu Nationalist government regarding the controversial citizenship law for being “inconsistent with the country’s long tradition of secularism and with sustaining a multi-ethnic and multi-religious democracy.”
But analysts largely predict India and the US will continue to enjoy a bipartisan relationship over the US’s hard stance on China, thanks to India’s inconsistent relationship with the same nation as well.
However, with the Biden administration taking the center stage in US Politics, as has been the case with other Democrat-led governments, there will be a stronger inclination on defending human rights and democracy — something that has, at least come under question under Modi’s Hindu nationalist government in India.
Experts opine the recent decline in India’s democratic qualities will not go unnoticed by the Biden-led White House. A recent report by Varieties of Democracy Institute (V-Dem) of the University of Gothenburg, Sweden stated India is on the verge of losing its Democracy status.
Nonetheless, India has strong and flourishing bi-lateral ties with the US, which has largely been favorable and friendly. Over the last decades, five Democrat and five Republican US Presidents have visited India.
India’s External Affairs Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar on Tuesday said India is no stranger to Demoract President, in a statement and reiterated that New Delhi will continue to strengthen ties with Washington under a Biden administration.
“As vice president, we dealt with him. I happened to be the ambassador during the last phase of the Obama administration,” Jaishankar was quoted as saying.
IndiaTimes noted, apart from addressing the climate change, pandemic, and security issue, Biden is expected to support India’s claim for a permanent seat at the UN Security Council.
A flurry of Global leaders has been congratulating Joe Biden, including China and Israel recently, who was projected to be the 46th US President after major media declared the same.
Despite incumbent President, Donald Trump refused to concede the US Elections alleging voter fraud, a new round of world leaders accepting Biden’s victory is a signal of widespread acceptance of the world’s most powerful leader-to-be.