Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday congratulated US-President elect Joe Biden on a phone call and reiterated India’s firm commitment to its strategic partnership with the United States. This was the first interaction between PM Narendra Modi and Joe Biden since latter’s victory in the US elections.
PM Modi took to micro-blogging platform Twitter to inform about the development. He said he also extended congratulations for VP-elect Kamala Harris. He said her success is a matter of great pride and inspiration for members of Indo-American community, who are a source of strength for the Indo-US relations. The two leaders had met back in 2014 in Washington when Biden was vice president to Barack Obama.
Following the phone call, Joe Biden’s transition team issued a statement saying that the president-elect looks forward to working closely with prime minister Narendra Modi on various shared global challenges including the containment of ongoing coronavirus pandemic, climate change, recovery of global economy, strengthening democracy and maintaining a secure Indo-Pacific region. During the interaction, PM Modi also recalled his earlier interactions with Biden in 2014 and 1016 when he visited the US. In 2016, PM Modi had addressed a joint session of the US congress which was chaired by Biden.
Democratic Party’s Joe Biden won 290 Electoral College votes to win the recently held US presidential elections. He defeated current US President and Republican Party’s Donald Trump who managed to get only 232 votes. Trump has refused to concede defeat and has maintained that Biden won because election was rigged, a claim which has been refuted by US media. Trump has filed several lawsuits in various states, but has not been able to provide any substantial proof to back his claims.
Joe Biden will be taking oath as President of United States on January 20, 2021.