Seeds sown for stronger India-US friendship, PM Modi tells Biden

Joe Biden mentions the contribution of Mahatma Gandhi

Tribune News Service

New Delhi, September 24

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said US President Biden had sown the seeds for India-US relations to expand further.

At a summit meeting with Biden in Washington DC, PM Modi said the seeds for an even stronger Indo-US ties will usher in a transformative period for all democratic countries.

Apart from expressing optimism about the trajectory of Indo-US ties, the Prime Minister referred to three aspects that needed nurturing. Forty lakh Indian-Americans are contributing their talent to the progress of America and this talent could play an even bigger role, he said, indirectly pitching for easier immigration norms for skilled Indians.

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In trade, the PM suggested a new beginning. In this new decade, he said both sides can be complementary to each other. “There are many things with the US that are needed by India and many things with India that can be useful for the US. Trade will be a major sector in this decade,’’ the PM said in his opening statement. Third, he pointed out that technology has become the driving force and both sides must join hands to “utilise our talents to leverage technology for the greater global good.’’

The Prime Minister also extensively touched upon the common traditions of democratic values between the two nations and how the commitment of both countries to this tradition will only increase further in the future.

Biden in his opening statement, referred to a famous statement of his in 2006 when he had predicted that by 2020 India and the US will be among the closest nations in the world. He identified cooperation on Covid, mitigating climate change and the Quad as areas of American interest in cooperating with India. Biden also mentioned the contribution of Mahatma Gandhi and PM Modi referred to his concept of trusteeship which he said was very important for the planet in the times to come.

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