US, India to work closely to stabilise effects of Russia-Ukraine war, says Biden to Modi
PM Modi and US President Biden held a virtual meeting starting off the 2+2 dialogue
'We share a strong & growing major defence partnership,' Biden said
India and US 'are going to continue our close consultation and how to manage the stabilising effects of this Russian war,' he added
India Prime Minister Narendra Modi and US President Joe Biden held a virtual meeting starting off the 2+2 dialogue. PM Modi and President Biden last met in March, together with the other Quad leaders.
“I am pleased to have this opportunity to speak to you virtually today and with two of your ministers and your ambassador. We take same concerns about the global challenges we faced during Covid-19, advancing health securities and tracking economic crisis,” Biden said.
“Today, our interaction is being held at a time when the situation in Ukraine is a matter of concern. A few weeks back, over 20,000 Indians were stranded in Ukraine, most of them were young students,” Modi said in his opening statement.
“I have spoken with Presidents of both Ukraine and Russia over the telephone, several times. I not only appealed to them for peace but also suggested President Putin hold direct talks with the Ukrainian President. Detailed discussions were held over Ukraine, in our Parliament,” he added.
Biden replied saying, “We share a strong & growing major defence partnership. The majority of our partnership is a deep connection between our people and our shared values. Our friendship and our shared values. I want to welcome India's humanitarian support for the people of Ukraine.”
“Recent news of the killing of innocent citizens in Bucha city was very concerning. We immediately condemned it and also demanded an impartial probe. We hope that through the talks between Russia and Ukraine, a path for peace would come out,” Modi said talking about the Bucha killings, adding, “We have sent medicines and other relief material to Ukraine and other neighbouring nations. On the demand of Ukraine, we are sending another consignment of medicines soon.”
Biden commented, almost reassuringly, “The United States and India are going to continue our close consultation and how to manage the stabilising effects of this Russian war. Our continued consultation and dialogue are key to ensuring US-Indian relationship continues to grow deep and stronger.”