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New Delhi : Prime Minister Narendra Modi had a telephone conversation on February 8, 2021, night, with Joseph R Biden, President of the United States of America.

The Prime Minister warmly congratulated President Biden, conveyed best wishes for his tenure, and looked forward to working closely with him to further elevate the India-US Strategic Partnership.

The two leaders discussed at length regional developments and the wider geo-political context. They noted that the India-US partnership is firmly anchored in a shared commitment to democratic values and common strategic interests. They reiterated the importance of working with like-minded countries to ensure a rules-based international order and a free, open, and inclusive Indo-Pacific region, according to a PIB release.

Prime Minister Modi and President Biden affirmed the importance of addressing the challenge of global climate change. The Prime Minister welcomed President Biden’s decision to re-commit to the Paris Agreement and highlighted the ambitious targets India has set for itself in the area of renewable energy. He welcomed President Biden’s initiative to organise the Climate Leaders Summit in April this year and looked forward to participating at the same.

Prime Minister Modi took the opportunity to invite President Biden and Dr Jill Biden to visit India at their earliest convenience.