Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday said India and the United States share common values and geopolitical interests, and called the two countries “natural partners”. PM Modi also said that coordination and cooperation between the two countries is also increasing.
The Prime Minister’s statement came at a joint press conference with US Vice President Kamala Harris ahead of the delegation-level talks.
“India and the US being the largest and oldest democracies are natural partners. We share common values, geopolitical interests, and our coordination and cooperation is growing. Strengthening supply chains, new emerging technologies and locations are your areas of special interest. For me these areas are of priority. Our cooperation in these areas is important.”
“India and the US have very vibrant and strong people-to-people ties. Over 40 lakh people of Indian origin, the Indian community is a bridge between two countries, a bridge between two countries and their contribution to the economies and societies of our two countries is truly commendable,” the Prime Minister said.
It may be noted that this was the first personal meeting of the Prime Minister with VP Kamala Harris, when she created history by becoming the first Indian-origin person to hold the top post in the US.
These days PM Narendra Modi is on a three-day visit to America. During his visit to the US, PM Modi expressed his gratitude to the US for helping it when it was hit by the second wave of COVID-19 earlier this year.
“I express my gratitude for the warm welcome you have extended to me and my delegation. A few months back we had a chance to talk to each other on the phone. We had a detailed discussion at that time. The way you spoke to me so warmly and naturally. I will remember it forever,” he said.
“It was a very difficult time when India was in the grip of a second wave of COVID-19. I thank you for the way you expressed concern and extended your helping hand. I would like to thank you, ”he said.
PM Modi also praised America for its cooperation. The Prime Minister said, ‘Like a true friend, you gave the message of cooperation and it was full of sensitivity. Soon after, we found that the US government, the US corporate sector and the Indian community all came together to help India.
The Prime Minister’s meeting with VP Harris came a day ahead of his much-awaited bilateral meeting with US President Joe Biden.
Prime Minister Modi praised Harris as a “source of inspiration” and said his election as Vice President of the United States has been a significant and historic event.
Your election as the Vice President of the United States of America has been a significant and historic event. You are a source of inspiration to many people across the world. I am confident that under President Biden and under your leadership, our bilateral relations will reach new heights.
“You and President Biden lead the United States in a challenging environment in challenging times. But within a very short span of time, you have achieved many milestones, be it COVID-19, Climate or Quad. America has taken very important initiatives on all these issues. PM Modi also invited Harris to visit India.
Prime Minister Modi arrived in Washington on Wednesday for his much-talked about US visit. He had earlier addressed the global COVID-19 summit convened by US President Joe Biden.
Biden is scheduled to host PM Modi at the White House today (September 24, 2021). This is going to be the first in-person meeting between the two leaders since Biden took over as US president on January 20. Biden will host the Quad Leaders Summit in person for the first time, which will be attended by Prime Minister Narendra. Modi, Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga.
PM Modi’s US visit will end with an address to the United Nations General Assembly on September 25, focusing on global challenges including the COVID-19 pandemic, the need to tackle terrorism, climate change and other important issues.
This is Prime Minister Modi’s first overseas visit from beyond the neighborhood since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic. PM Modi is accompanied by a high-level delegation which includes National Security Advisor Ajit Doval, Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla and senior officials.
The UNGA high-level session began in New York on Tuesday. The theme of this year’s general debate is ‘Building resilience through hope of recovering from COVID-19, rebuilding sustainably, responding to the needs of the planet, respecting people’s rights and revitalizing the United Nations’.