US President Joe Biden spoke to Prime Minister Narendra Modi at a virtual public event on Friday for the first time since taking office.
The two prominent leaders participated in a virtual meeting along with Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison and Japanese Prime Minister Yoshihide Suga.
The leaders of the “Quad” group of nations – a regional alliance seen as part of efforts to balance China’s growing military and economic power – deliberated on “free, open and inclusive Indo-Pacific region” as well as the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Prime Minister Modi… it’s great to see you,” President Biden, addressed PM Modi as he welcomed him to speak.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi reciprocated saying, “It is good to be among friends. I thank President Biden for this initiative. We are united by our democratic values and our commitment to a free, open and inclusive Indo-Pacific. Our agenda today covers areas like vaccines, climate change and emerging technologies make the Quad a force for global good.”
“I see this positive vision as an extension of India’s ancient philosophy of Vasudeiva Kutumbakam which regards the world as one family. We will work together, closer than ever before for advancing our shared values and promoting a secure, stable and prosperous Indo-Pacific,” PM Modi said.
“Today’s summit meeting shows that Quad has come of age. It will now remain an important pillar of stability in the region,” he added.
President Biden mentioned a free and open Indo-Pacific region was essential to the futures of all four countries.
“A free and open Indo Pacific is essential to each of our futures. The United States is committed to working with you, our partners, and all our allies in the region, to achieve stability,” he told the meeting from the White House.