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BIG STORY                                                             NOVEMBER 20, 2020  |        The Indian Eye                          4



            in his first telephonic conversation with Prime Minister narendra Modi since winning

           the US election, President-elect Joe Biden discusses issues ranging from the pandemic

             to indo-Pacific region. How will be the Modi-Biden partnership in the coming years?

        Our Bureau

        New Delhi/Washington, DC

               rime Minister Narendra
               Modi on Tuesday spoke
        Pto United States Pres-
        ident-elect Joe Biden on the
        phone to congratulate him,
        reiterating  the  country’s  firm
        commitment to the Indo-US
        strategic partnership and  dis-
        cussed shared priorities.

        “Spoke to US Presi-

        dent-elect @JoeBiden on
        phone to congratulate

        him. We reiterated our

        firm commitment to the

        indo-US strategic part-               sand artist sudarsan Pattnaik making a sculpture of newly-elected Us President Joe Biden and Vice President
        nership and discussed                                                 Kamala harris, at Puri beach, in Puri (ANi)

        our shared priorities and  Indian-American community,  India-US ties will get stronger                        the pandemic, we know this

        concerns--CoVid-19 pan-              who are a tremendous source  with the support and leader-                year’s Diwali and its symbol-
                                             of strength for Indo-US rela- ship of Kamala Harris.
                                                                                                                      izing of light over darkness,
        demic, climate change,  tions,” he added.                                    In  an  important  develop-      knowledge over ignorance, and

        and cooperation in the                  After Biden’s electoral vic- ment, Joe Biden  and Kama-               empathy over apathy arrives
                                             tory was announced, PM Modi  la Harris extended wishes to                with a deeper meaning,” read
        indo-Pacific Region,” PM  had  congratulated  him  and  people on the occasion of Di-                         the joint statement issued by
        Modi tweeted.                        had said he looked forward to  wali and said that hopefully              Biden and Harris. As the world
                                             working closely with the US  next year the festival will be
                                                                                                                      struggles to tackle the corona-
                                             leader once again to take re- celebrated at the White House              virus pandemic, they said, “Our
            The Prime Minister, in  lations  between  two  countries  in person. “On behalf of our                    hearts go out to everyone who
        the following tweet, also con- to greater heights. He had said  families,  we  wish  a  happy  Di-            is ushering in this new year with
        veyed warm congratulations to  that Biden’s contribution to  wali to  Hindus, Jains,  Sikhs,                  the recent loss of a loved one,
        Vice-President-elect Kamala  strengthening  Indo-US  rela- Buddhists, and everyone cel-                       or who finds themselves fallen
        Harris.                              tions as Vice President “was  ebrating the festival of lights            on hard times. Our prayers re-
            “...Her success is a matter  critical and invaluable”.               across the United States, India,     main with everyone fighting the
        of great pride and inspiration          The Prime Minister had ex- and the world. Like so many                pandemic on the frontlines in-
        for members of the vibrant  pressed confidence that vibrant  cherished traditions during                          Continued at next page... >>

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