Modi and Biden discuss host of issues

Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke to US President Joe Biden on Monday and discussed a host of key issues, with the two leaders underlining the importance of working with like-minded countries to ensure a rules-based international order and a free, open and inclusive Indo-Pacific region.

This was their first conversation after Biden assumed office last month. In a tweet, Modi said that he conveyed his best wishes to the US president, and the two leaders discussed regional issues as well as shared priorities. ”We also agreed to further our cooperation against climate change,” he said.

”President Biden & I are committed to a rules-based order. We look forward to consolidating our strategic partnership to further peace & security in Indo-Pacific region and beyond,” Modi said in another tweet.

According to a Prime Minister’s Office statement on the telephonic conversation, Modi warmly congratulated President Biden, conveyed best wishes for his tenure, and looked forward to working closely with him to further elevate the India-US Strategic Partnership.
The leaders discussed at length regional developments and the wider geo-political context, the statement said. They noted that the India-US partnership is firmly anchored in a shared commitment to democratic values and common strategic interests. Modi and Biden reiterated the importance of working with like-minded countries to ensure a rules-based international order and a free, open and inclusive Indo-Pacific region, the statement said.