Raised importance of human rights, vital role of free press with Modi: Biden

Modi and Joe Biden. [Photo: Twitter/narendramodi]

US President Joe Biden, during his visit to New Delhi, engaged in substantial discussions with Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi, emphasizing the strengthening of the Indo-US partnership.

He expressed gratitude for Modi’s leadership and acknowledged India’s role as the host of the G20 Summit in New Delhi.

In addition to matters of bilateral importance, Biden also raised the issue of human rights during their talks. Their discussions encompassed a wide range of topics, including the commitment to deepen and diversify the major defense partnership between the two nations.

Notably, they welcomed progress in India’s procurement of 31 drones and the joint development of jet engines, signaling a further strengthening of their strategic ties.

“I want to once again thank Modi for his leadership and his hospitality and hosting the G20. He and I have had substantial discussions about how we’re going to continue to strengthen the partnership between India and the US building on the Prime Minister’s visit to the White House last June,” Biden said during a press conference in Hanoi, as per PTI.

“As I always do, I raised the importance of respecting human rights and the vital role the civil society and a free press have in building a strong and prosperous country with Modi,” he said.

According to the joint statement issued on Friday after Modi and Biden held bilateral talks, “The leaders re-emphasised that the shared values of freedom, democracy, human rights, inclusion, pluralism, and equal opportunities for all citizens are critical to the success our countries enjoy and that these values strengthen our relationship.”

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