President Joe Biden “respects and values” the “long, bipartisan, successful” relationship between leaders of the United States and India and appears ahead to persevering with it, the White House spokesperson stated Thursday.

President Biden and Prime Minister Narendra Modi have spoken not less than as soon as because the American chief’s election final November, and will once more quickly because the American chief begins calling up counterparts in allied and associate international locations. Biden will begin making these calls Friday, with Justin Trudeau, the Canadian prime minister, being the primary.

“President Biden, who of course has visited India many times, respects and values the long, bipartisan, successful relationship between leaders in India and the United States. He looks forward to a continuation of that,” Jen Psaki, the White House press secretary, stated in response to a query on the every day information briefing.

As additional proof of Biden’s assist for the connection, Psaki introduced up Vice-President Kamala Harris. “Obviously, he selected — and yesterday, she was sworn in — the first Indian American to serve as President or Vice President, certainly a historic moment for all of us in this country, but a further, you know, cementing of the importance of our relationship.”

Harris’s mom, Shyamala Gopalan Harris, got here to the US from Chennai, India and her father, Donald Harris, from Jamaica.

Shortly after Biden was sworn-in Wednesday, Modi posted tweets congratulating the president and committing to work with him. “My warmest congratulations to Joe Biden on his assumption of office as the President of the United States of America. I look forward to working with him to strengthen India-US strategic partnership,” he had stated in certainly one of them.

In the second, he stated, “We stand united and resilient in addressing common challenges and advancing global peace and security”. And in yet one more publish, he had stated, “The India-US partnership is based on shared values. We have a substantial and multifaceted bilateral agenda, growing economic engagement and vibrant people to people linkages. Committed to working with President @JoeBiden to take the India-US partnership to even greater heights.”

Biden and Modi return additional than the November name. In 2014, Biden, who was vice-president then, had hosted a lunch for the Indian prime minister on the state division. Modi, who was observing Navratri fasts on the time, skipped the meal a part of the occasion, as he had on the dinner hosted for him and his group by President Barack Obama on the White House.

Of Biden’s visits referenced by Psaki, the latest was in July 2013, when he was vice-president. He had visited India in preparation for then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s upcoming US go to. Singh, by the way, was President Obama’s first state visitor, in 2009.

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As the brand new administration settles in, coverage makers and specialists in each the US and India are desirous to know its coverage and strategy on India. Mitt Romney, the Republican senator, requested Antony Blinken, the nominee for secretary of states, about it on the latter’s affirmation listening to Tuesday.

Blinken had spoken of the identical bipartisan assist, however he had put within the context of ties between the 2 international locations, somewhat than their leaders. He had gone on to say that given all that has already been performed by the earlier administration, “One area I think that has a lot of promise, and maybe even necessity, is actually climate,” Blinken stated at his affirmation listening to by the senate international relations committee. “At the current rate things are going, India is poised over the next two or three decades to catch up to China in terms of the emissions that it produces.”

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