Prime Minister Narendra Modi late evening on November 17, 2020, spoke with US President-elect Joe Biden.
“Spoke to U.S. President-elect Joe Biden on phone to congratulate him. We reiterated our firm commitment to the Indo-U.S. strategic partnership and discussed our shared priorities and concerns, COVID-19 pandemic, climate change, and cooperation in the Indo-Pacific region,” PM Modi said in his tweet. The Ministry of External Affairs said that PM Modi described the Biden victory was “a testament to the strength and resilience of democratic traditions in the United States.”
He also congratulated Vice-President-elect Kamala Harris, saying it is a matter of pride for the Indian-American community. Her mother, Shyamla Gopalan Harris, was an Indian who had immigrated to the US from Chennai(Madras). He recalled his previous meetings with Biden in 2014 and 2016. In response to his call, the presidential transition team of Biden also released a readout.
“The President-elect thanked the Prime Minister for his congratulations and expressed his desire to strengthen and expand the U.S.-India strategic partnership alongside the first vice president of South Asian descent,” the readout said.
“The President-elect noted that he looks forward to working closely with the Prime Minister on shared global challenges, including containing COVID-19 and defending against future health crises, tackling the threat of climate change, launching the global economic recovery, strengthening democracy at home and abroad, and maintaining a secure and prosperous Indo-Pacific region,” the transition team said. According to the prudential transition team, US President-elect Biden November 17, 2020, spoke with the leaders of Israel, Chile, and South Africa.