Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Friday that India and America were “natural partners” as he held the first face-to-face meeting with US Vice President Kamala Harris at the White House in which the two leaders strengthened the bilateral strategic partnership and discussed matters of mutual agreement. and global interest.
“India and America are natural partners. We have similar geopolitical values and interests,” Prime Minister Modi said in a joint media appearance with Ms. Harris. Noting that India and the United States are the largest and oldest democracies, Prime Minister Modi said the two countries share values and their cooperation is also gradually increasing.
This is the first meeting between the two leaders. Ms Harris had previously spoken on the phone with Prime Minister Modi in June during the COVID-19 crisis in India.
“I am convinced that our bilateral relations will reach new heights under President Joe Biden and you,” Prime Minister Modi told Harris, describing her as “a source of inspiration to many people around the world.” He invited Ms. Harris to visit India.
Ms Harris, 56, is the first-ever person of Indian descent to be elected Vice President of the United States.
“You and President Biden took office at a time when our planet was facing very difficult challenges. In no time, you have had many accomplishments under your belt, be it COVID-19, climate change or the Quad, ”Prime Minister Modi said.
“We had the opportunity to speak after you assumed the vice-presidency. One of our interactions was when India was battling a very harsh wave of COVID-19 infections. I remember for your kind words of solidarity at this time, ”he added.
Prime Minister Modi said the US government, US-based businesses and the Indian Diaspora have been very helpful as India battles a strong wave of COVID-19 infections.
He said four million people of Indian descent serve as a bridge of friendship between the two countries.
India halted the export of COVID-19 vaccines after the second wave of the pandemic hit the country in April this year. On Monday, India announced that it would resume exporting surplus COVID-19 vaccines in the fourth quarter of 2021 under the Vaccine Maitri program and meet its commitment to the global COVAX pool.