US President Joseph R. Biden and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi resolved to work closely together to win the fight against the Covid-19 pandemic, renew their partnership on climate change, rebuild the global economy to benefit both countries and unitedly oppose global terrorism, during a telephonic conversation on February 8, 2021.
Accordingly, the US President also stressed that a “shared commitment to democratic values” is the bedrock for the U.S.-India relationship, in line with his desire to defend democratic institutions and norms around the world.
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The two leaders agreed to continue close cooperation to promote a free and open Indo-Pacific, including support for freedom of navigation, territorial integrity, and a stronger regional architecture through the Quad – the Quadrilateral Security Dialogue – an informal strategic forum of four nations, the US, Japan, Australia, and India.
Biden and Modi agreed to stay in close touch on a range of global challenges and look forward to what the United States and India will achieve together for their people and for their nations.
Earlier, Modi had tweeted about the conversation on February 8, night where he said the two leaders were “committed to a rules-based international order.”
President @JoeBiden and I are committed to a rules-based international order. We look forward to consolidating our strategic partnership to further peace and security in the Indo-Pacific region and beyond. @POTUS
— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) February 8, 2021