Biden discusses COVID-19, terrorism, climate change and global economy with Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India

U.S. President Joseph R. Biden Jr. on Monday discussed a range of issues, including terrorism, the COVID-19 pandemic, the climate crisis and the global economy with Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India.

The White House said President Biden committed that the United States and India will work closely together “to win the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, renew their partnership on climate change, rebuild the global economy in a way that benefits the people of both countries, and stand together against the scourge of global terrorism.”

The leaders, the readout of their conversation added, also agreed to continuing 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.

According to the White House, Mr. Biden “underscored his desire to defend democratic institutions and norms around the world and noted that a shared commitment to democratic values is the bedrock for the U.S.-India relationship.”

“They further resolved that the rule of law and the democratic process must be upheld in Burma. The leaders 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,” added the White House.

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Simon Ateba is Chief White House Correspondent for Today News Africa. Simon covers President Joe Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, the U.S. government, the United Nations, the International Monetary Fund, the World Bank and other financial and international institutions in Washington D.C. and New York City.

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