'5 Bidens in India': PM Modi jokingly assures POTUS of the fact with paper proof
Washington : Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday met US President Joe Biden for the first time in person at the White House. During the bilateral meeting at the Oval Office, the two world leaders went off script and joked about the presence of ‘five Bidens in India’. Prime Minister Modi said that after hearing of five Bidens, he searched them and has now carried paper proof for the same.
"You have talked about Biden’s surname in Mumbai. You also told this to me personally. Since then I have been trying to look into this. I have come with some documents also if they may come to any use,” PM Modi was heard saying in Hindi, drawing hearty chuckles from President Biden, who quipped: “I’m relieved.”
Earlier in 2013, when President Biden visited Mumbai, he had told an audience that his distant relatives lived in the city. He later reiterated his claim at an event in Washington, saying there are five Bidens living in Mumbai.
In his address, PM Modi also mentioned that how the US and India play significant role in complementing each other’s need. “There are things that you have, there are things we have. They complement each other. The next decade will be important in terms of trade.”
PM Modi’s three-day visit to the US started on Thursday with the Indian Prime Minister’s meetings with 5 top CEOs of American multinational companies, a bilateral meeting with Australian PM Scott Morrison, then a meeting with US Vice President Kamala Harris and a joint statement by the two, and finally a meeting Japan’s PM.