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US President Joe Biden at bilateral talks with PM Modi: Committed to making US-India partnership among closest on earth

In talks with PM Narendra Modi, US President Joe Biden said that the two countries will continue to consult closely on how to mitigate the negative effects of the Russia-Ukraine war on the world order.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi |
Updated: May 24, 2022 12:19:29 pm
US President Joe Biden and PM Narendra Modi hold talks in Tokyo.

At the bilateral talks between the United States and India on the sidelines of the Quad meeting in Tokyo, US President Joe Biden on Tuesday said that he is committed to making the US-India partnership “among the closest we have on earth”. Prime Minister Narendra Modi on his part called it a “partnership of trust”, while both the leaders expressed confidence over the US Investment Incentive Agreement signed on Monday.

The US President said, “Mr Prime Minister, there is so much that our countries can and will do together. I’m committed to making the US-India partnership among the closest we have on earth.” “I’m pleased that we’ve reached an agreement for US Development Finance Corporation to continue the important work in India, supporting vaccine production, and clean energy initiatives. I’m glad we’re renewing the Indo-US Vaccine Action Program,” Biden was quoted as saying by ANI

Biden added that the two countries will continue to consult closely on how to mitigate the negative effects of the Russia-Ukraine war on the world order.

PM Modi, lauding the strategic partnership with the US as one of trust in “the true sense”, said, “Our common interests and values have strengthened this bond of trust between our two countries.”

He added that “our people-to-people ties and strong economic cooperation make the India-US partnership unique”. The PM expressed confidence that the US Investment Incentive Agreement will lead to “concrete progress in investment between our two countries” while stating that at the moment, “our trade and investment relations are also steadily on the rise but they’re below our potential”.

PM Modi also highlighted that the US and India “share similar views on the Indo-Pacific region — at the bilateral level as well as with like-minded countries to work to protect our common concerns.” He added that the discussions held during the Quad meeting “will give speed to this positive momentum.”

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President Biden and PM Modi Tuesday attended the Quad meeting along with Japan PM Fumio Kishida and Australian PM Anthony Albanese. On Monday, India and 12 countries led by the US launched the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework (IPEF) that aims to strengthen economic partnership among participating countries to enhance resilience, sustainability, inclusiveness, economic growth, fairness, and competitiveness in the Indo-Pacific region.

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