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India and U.S. share values, geopolitical curiosity, says PM Modi; Harris Highlights Significance of democracy


Kamala Harris factors that India and U.S. working collectively on local weather change might have a “profound” affect in addition to the significance of relationship within the Indo-Pacific

Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Vice President Kamala Harris had bilateral talks on Thursday afternoon. Mr. Modi was received on the 150 12 months previous Eisenhower Government Workplace Constructing, which homes the Vice President’s ceremonial workplace.

 

The assembly began with feedback on the prime, with a few of the press within the room . Not all of the travelling Indian press have been current – entry has been a problem– with officers saying solely state run media and no less than one non-public information company have been allowed to attend on the Indian aspect. The Hindu was capable of acquire entry on the final minute.

Ms. Harris spoke first, and Mr. Modi subsequent, with interpreters translating between English and Hindi.

 

Mr. Modi spoke concerning the heat of Ms. Harris’s message in a cellphone name earlier this 12 months when India was dealing with its second pandemic wave.

“Excellency, some months in the past, we had a chance to speak to one another on the cellphone. We had an in depth dialogue at the moment. And the way in which you spoke to me so warmly and so naturally, I’ll all the time do not forget that. Thanks a lot,” Mr Modi stated, calling Ms Harris a “true pal” and acknowledging the assistance of the U.S. authorities, its non-public sector and the Indian diaspora.

India and the U.S. , being the most important and oldest democracies respectively, have been “pure allies,” Mr. Modi stated, and shared comparable values and geopolitical pursuits. The Prime Minister stated that the strengthening of provide chains, know-how and house have been essential areas for each international locations and the place cooperation was essential.

He known as Ms. Harris’s election an “essential and historic occasion” and a supply of inspiration for a lot of, globally. Ms. Harris is the primary feminine Vice President of the U.S., and is of African American and Indian descent. Mr. Modi appeared to check with this India connection and invited Ms. Harris to visit.

“Excellency, persevering with in your — this journey of victory, Indians additionally would need you to proceed that in India and, due to this fact, they’re ready to welcome you. And due to this fact, I prolong to you specifically an invite to go to India,” Mr. Modi stated. Ms. Harris might be seen breaking out in a smile, behind her face masks.

Ms. Harris stated India was a “very important” partner to the U.S. and the 2 international locations had labored more durable to make the world safer and stronger.

She stated that India was a supply of vaccines for different international locations early within the pandemic ánd that the U.S. was “proud” to help India’s vaccination efforts.

“The USA could be very proud to help India and its want and accountability to vaccinate its individuals, and I welcome India’s announcement that we should always be capable to resume vaccine exports,” she stated, commending the every day price of vaccination in India.

Ms. Harris stated India and the U.S. working collectively on local weather change – a trigger supported by the governments of each international locations – might have a “profound” affect. She additionally made a reference to the fragilities and the significance of the relationships within the Indo Pacific.

“And because it pertains to the tip of Pacific, the US, like India, feels very strongly concerning the satisfaction of being a member of the Indo Pacific, but in addition the fragilities and the significance and power as properly of these relationships together with sustaining a free and open Indo Pacific,” she stated.

Ms. Harris stated it was “crucial” for India and the U.S. to strengthen democracy inside their respective international locations, defend democratic ideas and establishments.

“Lastly, as democracies world wide are beneath menace, it’s crucial that we defend democratic ideas and establishments inside our respective international locations and world wide and that we preserve what we should do to strengthen democracies at dwelling,” Ms. Harris stated.

“ And it’s incumbent on our nations to, in fact, defend democracies in the perfect curiosity of the individuals of our international locations,” she stated making a reference to her circle of relatives’s expertise .

“I do know from private expertise and from my household of the dedication of the Indian individuals to democracy and to freedom and to the work which may be executed and will be executed to think about after which truly obtain our imaginative and prescient for democratic ideas and establishments,” Ms. Harris stated.

The Prime Minister’s delegation included Exterior Affairs Minister S. Jaishankar, Nationwide Safety Adviser Ajit Doval, International Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla and India’s U.S. Ambassador Taranjit Singh Sandhu.

The Vice President’s delegation was comprised of (as per her workplace) : Nancy McEldowney, Assistant to the President and Nationwide Safety Advisor to the Vice President, Tina Flournoy, Assistant to the President and Chief of Workers to the Vice President, Philip Gordon, Particular Assistant to the President and Deputy Nationwide Safety Advisor to the Vice President, Kurt Campbell, Deputy Assistant to the President and Coordinator for the Indo-Pacific, Nationwide Safety Council, Donald Lu, Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs, Division of State and David Richelsoph, Particular Advisor to the Vice President for South Asia.

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