Mumbai: US President Joe Biden on Friday said the relationship between the US and India can help solve “a lot of global challenges”.
In his opening remarks during his meeting with PM Modi for bilateral talks, Biden recalled that in 2006, when he was the US Vice President, he had said that India and the US would be among the closest countries in the world in 2020.
“I have long believed that the US-India relationship can help us solve a lot of global challenges. Back in 2006 when I was the Vice President, I said that by 2020 India and the US will be among the closest nations in the world,” Biden said.
I've long believed that US-India relationship can help us solve a lot of global challenges. In fact, back in 2006, I had said that by 2020 India & the US will be among the closest nations in the world: US President Joe Biden at the bilateral meet with PM Narendra Modi pic.twitter.com/Cu7wxaSvFU
— ANI (@ANI) September 24, 2021
In his remarks, the Prime Minister said that technology is becoming a driving force.
“We have to use our talents to leverage technology for the greater global good,” he said.
This is their first in-person meeting since Biden became president earlier this year.
PM Modi thanked Biden for the “warm welcome”.
“I want to express my gratitude to President Biden for the warm welcome not only to me but to my delegation,” he said in his inaugural address.
The meeting is taking place in the backdrop of the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan and the issue is likely to figure in the discussions.