Prime Minister Narendra Modi has congratulated Joe Biden for being sworn in as new President of the United States. PM Modi wrote on Twitter that he was committed to working with Biden in order to take the India-US partnership to greater heights.
My warmest congratulations to @JoeBiden on his assumption of office as President of the United States of America. I look forward to working with him to strengthen India-US strategic partnership.Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) January 20, 2021
The Prime Minister also congratulated Kamala Harris on being sworn in as first lady, black, and South Asian US Vice President, saying he looked forward to interacting with her to make India-US relations more robust.
Congratulations to @KamalaHarris on being sworn-in as @VP. It is a historic occasion. Looking forward to interacting with her to make India-USA relations more robust. The India-USA partnership is beneficial for our planet.Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) January 20, 2021
The India-US partnership is beneficial for our planet, Modi asserted.
Biden was sworn in as the 46th President of the United States and Harris took oath as the vice president in a historic but scaled-down ceremony under the unprecedented security umbrella of thousands of security personnel.
Biden, a 78-year-old veteran Democrat leader, was administered the oath of office by Chief Justice John Roberts at the West Front of the US Capitol in Washington, the traditional location for presidential inaugural ceremonies, where deadly violence took place just two weeks ago.
"My warmest congratulations to Joe Biden on his assumption of office as President of the United States of America. I look forward to working with him to strengthen India-US strategic partnership," Modi said.
"My best wishes for a successful term in leading the USA as we stand united and resilient in addressing common challenges and advancing global peace and security," he said in a series of tweets.
Noting that the India-US partnership is based on shared values, Modi said the two countries have a substantial and multi-faceted bilateral agenda, growing economic engagement, and vibrant people to people linkages.
"Committed to working with President Joe Biden to take the India-US partnership to even greater heights," the Prime Minister said.
The Indo-US strategic ties have been on an upswing in the last few years.
On the future of ties under the new Biden administration, the Ministry of External Affairs asserted the foundation of India-US relations is very strong and the comprehensive global strategic partnership between the two countries has bipartisan support in the United States.
The inauguration was held under the watch of more than 25,000 National Guards, who have transformed the US capital into a garrison city, mainly because of the threat of more violent protests by the supporters of outgoing President Donald Trump, who became the first president to skip his successor's inauguration since Andrew Johnson in 1869.
Outgoing Vice President Mike Pence attended the ceremony. Biden enters the White House with the top challenge to lift the country from the devastation of a raging pandemic that has killed more than 4,00,000 Americans and thrown millions into economic distress.
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