President Joe Biden “respects and values” long, double, effective “relations” between American and Indian leaders and looks forward to continuing, “a White House spokesman said Thursday.
President Biden and Prime Minister Narendra Modi have spoken at least once since the election of an American leader last November, and he may do so again soon when the American leader begins calling his colleagues in allied countries. Biden will begin making the calls on Friday, with Justin Trudeau, the Canadian prime minister, being the first.
Jen Psaki who is the White house press secretary said in response to a question at a daily press conference that President Biden, who has visited India many times, respects and values the long, short-term, successful relations between the leaders of India and the United States. He is looking forward to that.
As further evidence of Biden’s support for the relationship, Psaki raised Deputy President Kamula Harris and said that obviously they have chosen – and yesterday, sworn in – the first American citizen to be President or Deputy President, a truly momentous moment for all of them in that country, but more, they know, to strengthen the value of their relationship.
Harris’s mother, Shyamala Gopalan Harris, came to the US from Chennai, India with her father, Donald Harris, from Jamaica.
Shortly after Biden was sworn in on Wednesday, Modi posted tweets congratulating the President and pledging to work with him. “My warmest congratulations to Joe Biden on his inauguration as President of the United States of America. I look forward to working with him to strengthen strategic cooperation in India and the US, ”said one of them.
Second, he said, “We stand united and are able to meet the same challenges and promote world peace and security.” And in another post, he said, “India-US cooperation is based on shared values. We have a strong and multilateral agenda, enhancing economic engagement with healthy people in human relations. We are committed to working with President @ JoeBiden to take India’s cooperation with the US at higher altitudes. ”
Biden and Modi went even further than the November call. In 2014, Biden, then vice president, was in charge of the Indian prime minister’s lunch at the state department. Modi, who was overseeing Navratri’s fast at the time, skipped part of the dinner, as he had at a dinner hosted for him and his party by President Barack Obama at the White House.
At Bidaki’s visit to Biden, the most recent was July 2013, when he was vice president. He was visiting India in preparation for the upcoming visit of US Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. Singh, by the way, was President Obama’s first guest in 2009.
As the new administration enters, policymakers and experts from both the US and India are eager to know the policy and methods they are using regarding India. Mitt Romney, a Republican MP, questioned Antony Blinken, the country’s new secretary-general, about the hearing on Tuesday.
Blinken spoke of similar support for both sides, but set out the context of the relationship between the two countries, not their leaders. He went on to say that given all that has already been done by previous managers, Blinken said as he listened to the senator’s confirmation message that one area he thinks has many promises, and perhaps a need, is actually the weather. He also said that right now the level is continuing and that India will be ready in the next twenty or thirty years to reach China in terms of the emission that it produces.