Indo-US relations in a transformative period: PM Modi
Under President Biden’s leadership, seeds have been sown for the Indo-US relations to expand, said Prime Minister Modi
Prime Minister Narendra Modi in his opening remarks at the India-US Bilateral Meeting in White House on Friday said that Indo-US relations are in a transformative period.
Under President Biden’s leadership, seeds have been sown for the Indo-US relations to expand and for all democratic countries in the world this is going to be a transformative period, he argued.
Noting that this is the third decade of the 21st century and the first year of the third decade, PM Modi said “Looking at the entire decade, I find that under your leadership, the seeds have been sown for the Indo-US relations to expand and for all democratic countries in the world, this is going to be a transformative period.”
“This is when I see that this transformative period is in Indo-US relations, and when I talk about traditions, I am talking about the democratic traditions, democratic values, traditions to which both our countries are committed and I find that importance of these traditions will only increase further,” he added.
“When I look at the importance of this decade and the role that is going to be played by this talent of Indian-Americans, I find that this people to people talent will play a greater role and Indian talent will be a co-partner in this relationship and I see that your contribution is going to be very important in this,” Modi said acknowledging President’s Biden’s mention of more than 4 million Indian-Americans who are participating in the journey of progress of America.
Pointing out that the most important driving force in the world today would be that of technology and that it is going to be for the service and for the use of humanity and he said that opportunities for this are going to be tremendous.
He noted that between India and the US, trade will continue to assume importance and that “the trade between our two countries are actually complementary.”
“There are things that you have and there are things that we have and then we in fact complement each other. And I find that in the area of trade during this decade, that is also going to be tremendously important,” PM Modi stated.
Drawing parallels with Mahatma Gandhi’s principle of trusteeship of the planet and this decade from that point of view is also going to be important as this entire principle of trusteeship, he argued
“It means that the planet that we have, we have to bequeath it to the following generations and this sentiment of trusteeship is going to assume more and more importance globally but also between the relations between India and the United States and it is these ideals that Mahatma Gandhi espoused when he talked about trusteeship of the planet and where the responsibility of the global citizens is only going to go up,” Prime Minister Modi added.
He commended President of the United States, Joe Biden for having taken very unique initiatives whether that be COVID 19, climate change or even Quad and in the days after taking this initiative, he made and deployed great efforts to implement your vision and also today we have this opportunity to discuss all these issues in great detail.
“We will look towards how we can work further together not only for our respective countries but for the entire world. How we can take positive actions and I am quite and absolutely convinced that under your leadership whatever we do, it will be extremely relevant for the entire world,” the Prime Minister mentioned.
Reckoning that he has had the opportunity to have discussions in detail with President Biden in 2014 and 2016, he said, President Biden had at that time, laid out his vision for relations between India and the US and had enunciated that in great detail and really that was a vision that was inspirational.
“Today, as President, you are making all efforts and taking initiative, to implement that vision and I warmly welcome that,” Modi added.