On call with PM Modi, Biden says “Desire to defend democratic norms”

On call with PM Modi, Biden says “Desire to defend democratic norms”: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Joe Biden connected over a call. They have committed to working together to achieve their two nations’ common goals on the global level.

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It was the first telephonic call yesterday after new administration was inaugurated at the US Capitol last month.

The two leaders agreed to continue close co-operation on a number of fields, including climate change, terrorism, and freedom of navigation.

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A statement issued by The White House said, “..the United States and India will work closely together to win the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic, renew their partnership on climate change, rebuild the global economy in a way that benefits the people of both countries, and stand together against the scourge of global terrorism,”

Earlier, on Monday, PM Modi had tweeted stating that he and President Biden discussed “our shared priorities” and expressed commitment to a “rule-based international order”.

According to the statement , “The two leaders will continue to cooperate and promote a “free and open Indo-Pacific”, support freedom of navigation and territorial integrity. They also committed to strengthen regional architecture through the Quad”

“The Quad or the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue is an informal strategic forum of the US, Japan, Australia, and India.” statement added.

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“The President underscored his desire to defend democratic institutions and norms around the world and noted that a shared commitment to democratic values is the bedrock for the US-India relationship,” the statement mentioned.

PM Modi and Biden have agreed to stay in close touch on a range of global challenges, The White House statement stated, adding that they looked forward to what can be achieved “together for their people and for their nations”.

– PTC News