As Prime Minister Narendra Modi is on a three-day visit to the US, the country’s Vice President Kamala Harris met the PM and welcomed India’s decision to restart Covid-19 vaccine exports. However, Harris also pressed PM Modi on human rights. During the public remarks at her ceremonial office, Harris told PM Modi that as democracies around the world are under threat, both the leaders should defend democratic principles and institutions within their respective countries.
Despite, the mild pressure from the US side, the meeting between PM Modi and Kamala Harris at the White House was very warm. Harris called India a very important partner of the US. She also welcomed the announcement of New Delhi in which India has said to resume export of the vaccine soon.
He also said he is glad to meet Kamala Harris. Her feat has inspired the entire world. Both the leaders talked about multiple subjects that will further cement the India-USA friendship, which is based on shared values and cultural linkages.
In a joint statement with US Vice President Kamala Harris, Prime Minister Modi said India and America are natural partners as the world’s largest and oldest democracy. Both the countries have similar values. Coordination and cooperation from both sides have been also increasing continuously.
Inviting Kamala Harris to India, PM Modi said the people of India would also like to honor, welcome her on this historic victory journey in India. PM Modi and US VP Kamala Harris were also seen interacting at the White House premises after their joint statement.
In April this year, India stopped the export of Covid-19 vaccines after the second wave of the pandemic hit the country. On Monday, India said it will resume exporting additional vaccines as needed in the fourth quarter of 2021 under the ‘Vaccine Friendship’ program and to meet its commitment to the Covax global campaign.
The meeting between the two came a day before their much-anticipated bilateral meeting with US President Joe Biden.
PM Modi also met his Japanese counterpart Yoshihide Suga as a part of his three-day visit. He tweeted: Japan is one of India’s most valued partners. He had an excellent meeting with PM Suga on a variety of subjects that would further boost cooperation between our nations. A strong India-Japan friendship augurs well for the entire planet.
Upon meeting Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, PM Modi, in a tweet said: It is always wonderful to interact with his good friend, PM Morrison. The two leaders had wide-ranging deliberations on strengthening cooperation in the fields of commerce, trade, energy and more.
Earlier on Wednesday, Prime Minister Modi reached Washington for his much-loved US visit. He had earlier addressed the Global Covid Summit convened by US President Biden. Biden is scheduled to host PM Modi at the White House on September 24.
This is going to be the first in-person meeting between the two leaders since Biden took over as US president on January 20.
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