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Joe Biden tells PM Narendra Modi he will make India-US partnership ‘closest on earth’ -by Ecork

US President Joe Biden met Prime Minister Narendra Modi for India-US bilateral talks in Tokyo today

Tokyo:

US President Joe Biden today told Prime Minister Narendra Modi that he is committed to making America’s partnership with India among the closest on earth, saying there is a lot the two countries can do together.

The two leaders are in Japan for the second summit of the Quartet leaders.

US President Joe Biden, during a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Narendra Modi after the Quartet summit, praised India’s vaccination efforts against Covid.

President Biden expressed his happiness that the two countries have reached an agreement on the US Development Finance Corporation’s continuing this important work in India, support for vaccine production and clean energy initiatives.

“I am happy that we are renewing the India-US Vaccine Action Program,” he said.

President Biden said: “There is so much that our country can and will do together. I am committed to making the United States-India partnership among the closest we have on Earth.”

On the issue of Russia’s invasion of Ukraine, the US President said the two leaders also discussed the continuing effects of Russia’s brutal and unprovoked invasion of Ukraine and its impact on the entire global system.

“The United States and India will continue to consult closely on how to mitigate these negative effects,” President Biden said.

The United States, along with its allies including Japan, has been one of the world’s most outspoken critics of the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

Earlier, Prime Minister Modi, US President Biden, Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida and newly elected Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese attended the second personal meeting of the Quartet leaders here during which they exchanged views on developments in the Indo-Pacific and global regions. issues of common interest.

The Quartet summit is being held in light of the Russian-Ukrainian conflict.

It also happens at a time when relations between China and the Quartet have become tense, with Beijing increasingly challenging democratic values ​​and resorting to coercive trade practices.

India, the United States, and many other world powers have spoken of the need to ensure a free, open and prosperous Indo-Pacific region against the backdrop of escalating Chinese military maneuvers in the region.

China claims nearly all of the disputed South China Sea, though Taiwan, the Philippines, Brunei, Malaysia, and Vietnam all claim parts of it. Beijing has built artificial islands and military facilities in the South China Sea.

On the eve of the summit, Biden on Monday launched the ambitious Indo-Pacific Economic Framework for Prosperity (IPEF), an initiative aimed at deepening cooperation among like-minded countries in areas such as clean energy, supply chain resilience and digital. trade.

The launch of the IPEF is expected to send a signal that the United States is focused on advancing a robust economic policy for the region to counter China’s aggressive strategy on trade in the region.

In March of last year, President Biden hosted the first-ever summit of Quartet leaders in virtual form, followed by an in-person summit in Washington in September. Quartet leaders also held a virtual meeting in March.

Australia will host the next four-way summit in 2023.

In November 2017, India, Japan, the United States and Australia submitted a format for the long-awaited proposal on the creation of the Quartet to develop a new strategy to keep sensitive sea lanes in the Indo-Pacific region free of any influence, amid China’s growing military. Presence in the strategic area.

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