Watch: Indian PM Narendra Modi receives warm welcome by Joe Biden, video wins hearts

WION Web Team
New Delhi, IndiaUpdated: Sep 25, 2021, 01:08 AM IST


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The video of US President Joe Biden welcoming the visiting Indian PM Narendra Modi has won the hearts of Indians and the Indian diaspora. The leaders held their first in-person summit at the White House on Friday, September 24. 

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi met United States President Joe Biden for their first in-person bilateral summit at the White House on Friday (September 24). 

From trade to climate change to stronger Indo-US relations, the leaders addressed a range of issues and vowed to strengthen the ties further.

Modi said he sees the seeds have been sown for India-US relations to expand under Biden's leadership. 

However, what won the hearts of Indians and Indian diaspora all over the world was the video of Biden welcoming Modi with open arms.

The footage was a proof of strong relations between two democracies, the oldest and largest, heralding a promising future.

Earlier in the day, Modi arrived at the White House and the Acting Chief of Protocol greeted him at the West Wing door. His hour-long meeting with Biden took place at the Oval Office.

When PM Modi entered the office, ecstatic Biden opened his hands as the Indian PM's hands were folded in a traditional namaste greeting. 

PM Modi said, "I thank you for the warm welcome accorded to me and my delegation. Earlier, we had an opportunity to hold discussions and at that time you had laid out the vision for India-US bilateral relations. Today, you are taking initiatives to implement your vision for India-US relations."

Watch the video here:


In opening remarks at the Oval Office, PM Modi said, "In 2016 and 2014, I had the opportunity to talk to you in detail on the vision of India US partnership. Your vision was very inspiring. And today as the President the initiative that you are taking to take it further, I welcome that." 

Previously, Modi had said his visit would be an occasion to strengthen the Indo-US Comprehensive Global Strategic Partnership and exchange views on regional and global issues of mutual interest with President Biden.