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Joe Biden and Kamala Harris win a victory for Indian-Americans, says Sonia Gandhi

News Desk
Monday, November 9, 2020


Congress president Sonia Gandhi on Sunday congratulated United States President-elect Joe Biden, and Vice-President-elect Kamala Harris. In separate letters to both of them, Ms. Gandhi said that their election would work to heal the division among the people and hoped for close partnership between the U.S. and India. Hailing Ms. Harris’ election as a victory for the African-American and Indian- American communities as well as the values enshrined in the American Constitution, Ms. Gandhi said India was waiting to warmly welcome the Vice- President-Elect as “a beloved daughter of India”.img Also read Biden administration will place high priority on strengthening Indo-US relationship, says policy paper In her letter to Mr. Biden, the Congress president said Indian people, like millions around world, had followed with great interest the course of the election during the last 12 months.

“We were greatly re-assured by your measured speeches, stress on healing divisions among the people, and promotion of gender and racial equality, global cooperation and sustainable development of all countries. The Indian people share these concerns and we are confident that India and the United States will continue to work together, as in the past decades, for the welfare of the people of both countries,”she said. ‘Strong bonds’ The Congress leader said India and U.S. shared strong bonds in the area of trade and business, education, technology and defence cooperation. “Under your wise and mature leadership we look forward to a close partnership that will be beneficial to peace and development in our region and around the world,” she said. She told Ms. Harris: “Your victory is a victory for the noble values enshrined in the American Constitution — democracy, social justice, and racial and gender equality”.

Also read | I know the pride you feel about Kamala Harris’ nomination, Joe Biden tells Indian Americans in op-ed article “It is a triumph for Black Americans and Indian Americans, and for the humanity, compassion and inclusiveness that you have stood for throughout your public and political life. I admire the unwavering courage with which you have fought for your convictions — the beliefs and values you imbibed from your remarkable mother!” Ms. Gandhi said. Hoping that Ms. Harris would work towards uniting a bitterly divided nation, strengthen the ties of friendship with India and support democratic values and human rights, the Congress chief said the party was looking forward to welcoming her soon.

“We hope we will have the opportunity soon to welcome you to India, where you will be warmly hailed not just as a much-admired leader of a great democracy, but also as a beloved daughter,” she said. Former Congress chief Rahul Gandhi also took to twitter to congratulate Mr Biden and Ms Harris and expressed confidence that the “he will unite America and provide it with a strong sense of direction.” In another tweet, Mr Gandhi said, “Congratulations, Vice-President-elect @KamalaHarris! It makes us proud that the first woman to serve as Vice President of the USA traces her roots to India”.