Wednesday, February 21, 2024

New chapter added to Indo-US ties: Modi


A “new chapter” has been added to the Comprehensive Strategic Partnership between India and the US, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Thursday after his comprehensive talks with US President Joe Biden. “Today holds special importance in the history of India-US relations”, Modi said in his statement at a joint press conference with Biden. Announcing India’s decision to join Artemis Accords, Modi said we have taken a new leap in our space cooperation.
The Prime Minister said he and President Biden discussed several regional and global issues during the meeting. “We both agree governments, businesses & academic institutions should come together to fulfil our strategic technology partnership,” Modi said.
On his part, Biden said, “Together, we are unlocking the shared future of the world which I believed to be unlimited potential.” Biden also said that he was struck by the ability of the two nations to find new areas of cooperation. He said that the ties between the two nations are among the “most consequential” in the world that is stronger, closer and more dynamic in any time in history. Modi said that India and the US – the two biggest democracies of the world, can contribute towards global peace, stability and prosperity as he asserted that for the partnership between the two countries, “even the sky is not the limit”.
Modi made the remarks during a joint press conference with Biden after his one-on-one meeting which was followed by delegation-level talks at the White House. “For the partnership between India and the US, even the sky is not the limit. The most important pillar of our relations is our people-to-people ties. More than 40 lakh people of Indian origin are contributing to development of America,” Modi said.
Modi said that India and the US can contribute towards global peace, stability and prosperity.
He said that India and America are walking shoulder-to-shoulder in the fight against terrorism and radicalism, and added that during his talks with President Biden, the two sides have agreed that concerted action is necessary to end cross border terrorism. Modi said that peace and security in the Indo-Pacific region is our shared priority. Earlier, President Biden said India and the US should work and lead together given the challenges and opportunities facing the world.

PM Modi gifts 7.5-carat lab-grown diamond to US First Lady Jill Biden

Modi gifts a 7.5-carat lab-grown diamond to Jill Biden as President Biden looks on. (PTI )

Prime Minister Narendra Modi gifts a 7.5-carat lab-grown diamond placed in a papier mache box from Kashmir, known as ‘kar-e-kalamdani’, to US First Lady Jill Biden during a private dinner at the White House, in Washington on Wednesday.
The diamond has been manufactured in a Surat factory in Gujarat by recreating the same process that takes place beneath the earth in formation of natural diamonds. Carat is the unit of measurement for the physical weight of diamonds. One carat equals 0.200 grams or 1/5 gram and is subdivided into 100 points. Modi also presented a special box made of sandalwood to US President Joe Biden.
Talking to PTI in Surat, Smit Patel, convenor of the Gem & Jewellery Export Promotion Council (GJEPC), said the diamond gifted by Modi to the US First Lady was grown in India using VCD technology that creates the purest form of diamonds.
“The Kohinoor was a type Two A pure diamond. This diamond (gifted by PM) is 7.5 carat, which represents the 75 years of Independence. This diamond was also created using green energy. So that is also a step towards showing that India is moving towards green and renewable energy — a goal espoused by PM Modi himself,” said Patel.


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