India and America are natural partners: PM Invites Kamala Harris To India


India and America are natural partners: PM Invites Kamala Harris To India

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in a joint media appearance with US Vice President Kamala Harris , India and America are natural partners. We have similar values, geopolitical interests. This is the first meeting between the two leaders. Ms Harris had earlier spoken with PM Modi over the phone in June during the COVID-19 crisis in India.


"I am confident that our bilateral relations will touch new heights under President Joe Biden and you," PM Modi told Harris, describing her as "a source of inspiration for many people in world". He invited Ms Harris to visit India. PM Modi and Kamala Harris issued a joint press statement ahead of their bilateral level meeting.


Both President Biden and you assumed office at a time when our planet faced very tough challenges. In a short time you have had many achievements to your credit be it COVID-19, climate change or the Quad," PM Modi said.


"We have had the opportunity to speak after you assumed the Vice Presidency. One of our interactions happened when India was battling a very tough wave of COVID-19 infections. I recall your kind words of solidarity that time," he added.


The people of India are waiting to welcome you. I extend to you an invitation to visit India," PM Modi added. PM Modi also thanked the US government for helping India during the deadly second wave of coronavirus.



PM Modi said that the US government, companies based in the US and the Indian diaspora were very helpful when India was fighting a tough wave of COVID-19 infections. Ms Harris described India as a "very important partner" to the US and welcomed New Delhi's announcement that it will soon resume vaccine export.


India stopped the export of COVID-19 vaccines after the second wave of the pandemic hit the country in April this year. On Monday, India said that it will resume export of surplus COVID-19 vaccines in the fourth quarter of 2021 under the Vaccine Maitri programme and to meet its commitment to the COVAX global pool.



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