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PM Narendra Modi and Joe Biden talk; flag Covid-19, climate change and Indo-Pacific

Prime Minister Modi also conveyed congratulations for Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, the first woman and person of colour to hold the post.

Written by Shubhajit Roy | New Delhi | Updated: November 18, 2020 11:15:43 am
joe biden kamala harris us elections, pm modi joe biden, us president elect,us elections 2020, us presidential electionsWhile cooperation in the Indo-Pacific and the Covid-19 pandemic are the two areas of continuity between the Trump administration and the incoming Biden presidency, climate change is an old favourite of the Democratic establishment.

In their first conversation since the results of the US election earlier this month, US President-elect Joe Biden called Prime Minister Narendra Modi Tuesday night, during which the PM congratulated Biden and reiterated New Delhi’s commitment to the Indo-US strategic partnership and discussed their “shared priorities and concerns”.

After the phone call, Modi tweeted, “Spoke to US President-elect @JoeBiden on phone to congratulate him. We reiterated our firm commitment to the Indo-US strategic partnership and discussed our shared priorities and concerns — Covid-19 pandemic, climate change, and cooperation in the Indo-Pacific Region.”

“I also conveyed warm congratulations for VP-elect @KamalaHarris. 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.”

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Of the three issues that Modi flagged, the first two, Indo-Pacific and Covid-19, are areas of continuity between the Trump and Biden presidencies, while climate change is an old favourite of the Democratic administration.

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