Remarks by President Biden and Prime Minister Narendra Modi of the Republic of India before the bilateral meeting

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kantei,
Tokyo, Japan

14:36 ​​JST

PRESIDENT BIDEN: Well, Prime Minister, it’s a pleasure to see you again here in Japan. I thought we just wrapped up a very productive morning together at the Quad Leaders’ Summit.

And ours – in our video call in April, you stressed the need for democracies to deliver. I think that’s what we’re doing today. We also talk about how we can deliver via the quad and the US-India collaboration. And so we deliver for our employees and for the whole world.

Do I want to stop for interpreting?

Interpreter: Yes, sir. Yes indeed.

PRESIDENT BIDEN: I think it’s a good idea. (Laugh.)

And here in Tokyo, we announced two new initiatives — the Indo-Pacific Economic Framework and the Indo-Pacific Maritime Domain Awareness Program — that will bring India and the United States together with other nations to share our vision for more openness and more reflect prosperous, connected and secure world.

I am pleased that we have agreed that the US Development Finance Corporation will continue its important work in India to support vaccine production and clean energy initiatives. And I’m also glad that we are renewing the Indo-US Vaccine Action Program.

We also discussed the ongoing impact of Russia’s brutal and unwarranted invasion of Ukraine and the implications for the overall global world order. And the US and India will continue to consult closely on how to mitigate these negative impacts.

I look forward to continuing our conversation today. Prime Minister, there is so much our countries can and will do together, and I am committed to making the US-India partnership one of the closest we have on earth.

Thanks.

PRIME MINISTER MODI: (As translated) Mr. President, it is always a pleasure to meet you. And today we also attended a very positive and useful Quad Summit together.

The strategic partnership between India and America is a partnership of trust in the truest sense of the word.

Our common interests – our common interests in defense and other relations – in defense and other matters and our common values ​​have indeed strengthened this bond of trust between our two countries.

Our interpersonal relationships and our strong economic cooperation make our partnership even more unique.

Our trade and investment relationships are also growing steadily, but are still well below potential.

I am absolutely confident that with the completion of the India-US Investment Stimulus Agreement, we will see concrete progress in investment between our two countries.

We are also strengthening bilateral cooperation in the technology sector. And we also work closely together on global issues.

We both share similar views on the Indo-Pacific. And bilaterally, as well as with like-minded countries, we continue to work to protect our common causes.

The Quad and the IPEF are two important examples of this collaboration. And I believe that our discussions today will further accelerate this positive momentum.

I am absolutely certain that the India-American friendship will continue to be a force for good, for global peace and stability, for planetary sustainability and for human development.

PRESIDENT BIDEN: Me too. Thanks.

14:45 JST

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