PM Modi, US President-elect Joe Biden discuss Indo-Pacific, climate change in first phone call

PM Modi, US President-elect Joe Biden discuss Indo-Pacific, climate change in first phone call

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday had a telephonic conversation with US President-elect Joe Biden. This was the first direct interaction between the two world leaders since Biden and his running mate Kamala Harris secured a Electoral College majority to win the presidency of the United States. In a tweet, PM Modi said, "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," the Prime Minister said in a second tweet. The Biden-Harris team said in a statement, “The president-elect spoke with Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India. The president-elect thanked the prime minister for his congratulations and expressed his desire to strengthen and expand the US-India strategic partnership alongside the first vice president of South Asian descent.” “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,” said the Biden-Harris statement.