India, U.S. to strengthen strategic relations under Biden –Spokesman

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New Delhi, Jan.22, 2021 India on Friday said she would work with the U.S., under the presidency of Joe Biden, to strengthen their strategic bilateral relations, India’s ministry of external affairs said at a press briefing.

This will be done with a view to consolidating their existing vibrant and multi-faceted relations and collaboration on global challenges of common interest, according to the ministry.

“On Jan. 20th after President Joe Biden assumed office, PM Modi had sent him best wishes via Twitter. As the new administration takes shape, we will continue to remain engaged, at all levels, and further consolidate the vibrant and multi-faceted bilateral relations.

”We will also work together on global challenges of common interest,” the ministry’s spokesperson, Anurag Srivastava said.

Srivastava further said, “As regards the priorities, it would be to further strengthen our global strategic partnerships.”

Prime Minister Modi had on Wednesday congratulated Biden on his inauguration as the new U.S. President and said the two countries were united and resilient in addressing common challenges and advancing global peace and security.

“My warmest congratulations to @JoeBiden on his assumption of office as President of the United States of America. I look forward to working with him to strengthen India-US strategic partnership,” Modi had tweeted.

He added, “My best wishes for a successful term in leading the USA, as we stand united and resilient in addressing common challenges and advancing global peace and security.”

The Prime Minister also stressed that the India-US partnership was based on shared values and he would work with Biden to take it to greater heights.

Srivastava also recalled when Modi had a telephone conversation with Biden on November 17, 2020, where they both affirmed their interest in working together to strengthen the ”India-US comprehensive global strategic partnership.”

“Both Biden and the Prime Minister affirmed their interest in working together to strengthen the India-US comprehensive global strategic partnership.

”They also exchanged views on shared priorities and global challenges and cooperation in the Indo-Pacific region,” the spokesman said.

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