Harris Modi emphasizes openness in the Indo-Pacific region

Modi praised Vice President Kamala Haris for calling it an inspiration.

REPUBLIKA.CO.ID, WASHINGTON – United States Vice President Kamala Harris met with the Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi in Washington on Thursday (23.09.). The meeting emphasized the importance of a free and open Indo-Pacific region.

“The United States, like India, is very proud to be a member of the Indo-Pacific. That relationship involves maintaining a free and open Indo-Pacific,” Harris told Modi during the meeting.

The meeting between Harris and Modi has become even more important as Joe Biden’s administration takes steps to deepen its ties with one of its key allies in Asia. The meeting was also a moment of celebration for the 4 million Indian diaspora in the US and Indians who are proud of Harris’ “Indian roots”.

Modi praised the vice president for calling him an inspiration. He viewed the Vice President as a leader who was like family and called him a true friend who supported India during the Covid-19 crisis. “The oldest democracy and the greatest democracy … we are indeed natural partners, we share the same values,” said Modi.

During the meeting, Harris also welcomed India’s decision to continue exporting Covid-19 vaccines. The two countries must work together to protect democracy around the world.

The world’s largest Covid-19 vaccine manufacturer recently announced that it would resume vaccine exports later this year. India stopped exporting to focus on vaccinating its own people in April when infection cases exploded.

Harris and Modi are expected to discuss the Covid-19 pandemic, greater collaboration across technology, aerospace and other sectors, and supply chain issues. Modi’s three-day trip to Washington ends Friday with a meeting with President Joe Biden at the White House.

Biden and Modi will also hold a “quad” summit with the leaders of Australia and Japan. This meeting aims to improve cooperation in the Indo-Pacific region amid China’s increasing dominance in the region. Dwina Agustin / Reuters