US President Joe Biden says his relations with India are ‘very good’

Washington: US President Joe Biden said on Friday he shares a “very good” relationship with India and has visited the country twice, while away for the weekend at his home in Delaware.

The president told reporters at the White House that he had been briefed on the three Americans missing in Ukraine.

“I don’t know where they are. But I want to reiterate. Americans should not go to Ukraine. I repeat. Americans should not go to Ukraine, he said.

In response to a question about India, Biden said, “I’ve been to India twice and will be back. My relationship with (India is) very good”.

Biden’s remarks came a day after State Department spokesman Ned Price said the United States was there for India and reiterated that New Delhi’s relationship with Moscow has grown. over several decades when Washington was “not prepared or able to be a partner of choice” for the Indian government.

Price was responding to a question about whether the United States was speaking with Indian authorities as India and other Asian countries become an increasingly vital source of oil revenue for sanctions-hit Russia, despite the strong pressure from the United States.

“We’ve had a number of discussions with our Indian partners, and the point we’ve made is that each country is going to have a different relationship with Moscow,” Price told reporters at his daily press briefing on Thursday.

Russia has overtaken Saudi Arabia to become India’s second-biggest oil supplier behind Iraq as refiners buy Russian crude available at a deep discount after the war in Ukraine, data from India recently showed. ‘industry.

India, the world’s third largest oil importer and consumer, has long defended Russian crude oil purchases after President Vladimir Putin ordered an invasion of Ukraine. The Oil Ministry said last month that “energy purchases from Russia remain miniscule compared to India’s total consumption”.

Price said India’s relationship with Russia has developed over several decades.

“It developed over decades at a time when the United States was not prepared or able to be a partner of choice for the Indian government,” he said.

” This has changed. This is a legacy of a now bipartisan tradition that has been going on for over two decades. It really goes back to the Clinton administration, certainly the George W Bush administration, where the United States sought a partnership with India, sought to be a partner of choice for India, including in security,” he said. said.

It’s not a partnership built over days, weeks or months, Price said.

“I mentioned earlier that India’s relationship with Russia has been built over several decades as countries reorient their relationship with Moscow, as we have seen many of them do. It will be a gradual process,” he said in response to a question.

“But throughout all of this, we have made it clear to our Indian partners that we are here for them. We are ready and able, and willing to partner with them. And that’s exactly what we did,” Price said.

“Of course, we had a ‘2+2’ dialogue with our Indian partners not so long ago. We will see Prime Minister Narendra Modi again in the context of I2U2, the agreement we have with the United Arab Emirates and Israel, as well as India, incorporating India into many of the partnerships we have, including, of course, the Quad,” he said.

“And it’s a group that this administration has sought to revitalize, and it has done so at very high levels,” the official added.

To reinvigorate and revitalize American alliances globally, the United States, United Arab Emirates, India and Israel have formed a new group called I2-U2. The four countries in the new group will hold their first virtual summit next month.

Quad includes Japan, India, Australia and the United States.

The four countries in 2017 had shaped the Quadrilateral coalition to counter China’s aggressive behavior in the Indo-Pacific region.

Kevin E. Boling