US Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Wednesday called on Prime Minister Narendra Modi during which they discussed regional challenges and cooperation on COVID-19 response efforts, climate change, regional security and shared values and democratic principles.
US State Department Spokesperson Ned Price said Blinken and PM Modi also discussed efforts to deepen the US-India Comprehensive Global Strategic Partnership.
“Secretary of State Antony J Blinken met with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in New Delhi today, where they discussed efforts to deepen the US-India Comprehensive Global Strategic Partnership,” he said.
“Secretary Blinken and Prime Minister Modi discussed regional challenges and a growing range of cooperation on COVID-19 response efforts, climate change, shared values and democratic principles, and regional security, including through US-Australia-India-Japan Quad consultations,” he added.
In a tweet, PM Modi said he welcomed President Joe Biden’s strong commitment to strengthen the India-US strategic partnership.
“Good to meet US Secretary of State @SecBlinken today. I welcome President Biden’s strong commitment to strengthen the India-US Strategic Partnership, which is anchored in our shared democratic values and is a force for global good,” PM Modi tweeted.
Prime Minister Modi said that the societies of the US and India share a deep commitment to the values of democracy, freedom and liberty, and the Indian expatriates in the US has contributed immensely to the enhancement of bilateral ties, according to a statement by the prime minister’s office.