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Will stand by India, if elected: Joe Biden

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Joe Biden, who is contesting the upcoming presidential elections in the US, said he will stand by India against the threats it faces. Joe Biden, who is pitted against US President Donald Trump, called for strengthening the US-India ties.

While Joe Biden is the Democratic candidate in the presidential elections, incumbent President Donald Trump is the Republican candidate.

Notably, the presidential elections in the US are scheduled on November 3.

‘I was leading the India-US civil nuclear deal’

“Fifteen years ago, I was leading the efforts to approve the historic civil nuclear deal with India. I said that if the US and India became closer friends and partners, then the world will be a safer place,” Biden said. The 77-year-old leader was the vice-president in the Obama administration. He was addressing the Indian-American community on India’s Independence Day.

If elected president, Biden said, he will continue to believe this. In fact, he said he will continue to stand with India against the threats it faces from its own region and along its borders.

He said that he will work on expanding two-way trade between the two nations. He added he will take on big global challenges like climate change and global health security.

Diversity is a mutual strength in US-India

If elected, the Democratic candidate said, he will work to strengthen the democracies where diversity is a mutual strength.

On this day, let us “continue to deepen the bond that endures between our nation’s and our people,” Biden said.

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He said that “as President, I will also continue to rely on the Indian-American diaspora. It keeps our two nations together, as I have throughout my career”.

Obama administration had many more Indian-Americans

“My constituents in Delaware, my staff in the Senate, the Obama administration that had more Indian-Americans than any other administration in the history of this country. And, this campaign with Indian Americans at senior levels, which of course includes the top of the heap our dear friend (Kamala Harris), who will be the first Indian American vice president in the history of the United States of America,” Biden said.

Biden selected Kamala Harris

Early this week, Biden scripted history by selecting Indian origin Senator Harris, 55, as his running mate in the US presidential election. Harris, whose father is an African from Jamaica and mother an Indian, is the first-ever Black vice-presidential nominee.

“We all know she’s smart, she’s tested, she’s prepared. But another thing that makes Kamala so inspiring is her mother’s immigrant story to the US that started in India, with pure courage that brought her daughters to this moment. I know the pride you feel. It’s your story too,” Biden said.

“For your sacrifices, and your family’s courage, you became pillars of our community and our country. You’re patriots and the frontlines of this pandemic. In this reckoning of systemic racism, you’re making real promise that America is a place where people of all races and religions can live together in peace,” he said.

Biden touches H-1B visa issue

“But I know it’s hard. I heart goes out to all those of you who have been the targets in a rise in hate crimes, and the crackdown of legal immigration, including sudden and harmful actions on H-1B visas. That for decades have made America stronger and brought our nation’s closer,” Biden said.

The H-1B visa is a non-immigrant visa. It allows US companies to employ foreign workers in specialty occupations that require theoretical or technical expertise.

 

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