Prime Minister Narendra Modi described US Vice President Kamala Harris as a source of inspiration for many people across the world. The PM has expressed confidence that under the leadership of Presidents Joe Biden and Harris, bilateral relations will touch new heights. Modi addressed a joint press conference with Harris ahead of their bilateral meeting on Friday.
“When you were elected as the Vice President of America, it was an important and historic moment. You have become a source of inspiration for many people across the world. According to the White House website, Indian-origin Harris (56) is the first black woman of South Asian origin who has become the Vice President of America.
“I am confident that under the leadership of President Joe Biden and you (Harris), our bilateral relations will reach new heights,” the prime minister said. Modi invited Vice President Harris and her husband Douglas Emhoff to visit India.
PM Modi said, ‘Continuing your journey of victory, Indians would also like you to continue it in India and those who are waiting for your visit to India, so I invite you to come to India.’
Recalling his conversation with Harris in June during the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic in India, Modi said, “A few months back we had the opportunity to talk to each other on the phone. At that time we had a detailed discussion. I will always remember the way you spoke to me so warmly and naturally.’
“It was a very difficult time,” he said. India was facing the second wave of the pandemic, but like a family and relative and very warmly you extended a helping hand. I will always remember the words you said to me during my conversation and I want to thank you from the bottom of my heart.
“Like a true friend, you delivered a message of prompt cooperation and sensitivity and we found the US government, the corporate sector and the Indian community all coming together to help India,” he said.
Harris’ father was black and his mother was Indian. Her father Donald Harris was from Jamaica and mother Shyamala Gopalan was a cancer researcher and civil rights activist in Chennai.