Prime Minister Narendra Modi tweeted on Monday to say that he has spoken to the new US President Joe Biden to discuss regional issues and “our shared priorities” and express commitment to a “rule-based international order”. This was the first telephonic conversation between the two leaders after Biden’s inauguration which took place last month.
The two leaders noted that the India-US partnership is “firmly anchored in a shared commitment to democratic values and common strategic interests” read a communique from the Prime Minister’s Office.
“They reiterated the importance of working with like-minded countries to ensure a rules-based international order and a free, open and inclusive Indo-Pacific region,” the communique read.
“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,” PM Modi said in another tweet.
A statement from the White House said that President Biden, in the phone call with PM Modi, “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 U.S.-India relationship.”
The two leaders have also agreed to further their cooperation against the global climate change. “Prime Minister welcomed President Biden’s decision to re-commit to the Paris Agreement and highlighted the ambitious targets India has set for itself in the area of renewable energy,” his office said.
After Biden’s inauguration as the 46th President of the United States in January, PM Modi had congratulated him in a series of tweets. At the time, he had said that India will work with the United States to ensure global peace and security and take the partnership between the two nations to greater heights.
The Prime Minister had spoken to Biden after his election victory, reiterating India’s firm commitment to the strategic partnership between the two nations. He had also congratulated Vice-President elect Kamala Harris, saying her election was a matter of pride for the Indian-American community.