Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi invited U.S. President Joe Biden to visit India, the Ministry of External Affairs said on Saturday.
The ministry added that New Delhi looks forward to the visit of the US leader at the “earliest and mutual convenience.”
“PM Modi invited President Joe Biden to visit India. President Biden noted with thanks and appreciation. We certainly look forward to the visit of the US President at the earliest and mutual convenience,” Foreign Secretary Harsh Vardhan Shringla said in a special briefing.
On Friday, Biden sat down with Modi for important talks about the Indo-Pacific region but the leaders caught up on the president’s own family ties to the subcontinent.
In this regard, Biden recalled that soon after he was first elected to the U.S. Senate, he got a letter from a man in Mumbai who said his last name was also Biden. The president stated that he never had the chance to follow up.
Biden, when he was the vice president, was in India and recalled being asked by local press if he had any Indian relatives. He retold the story of the letter. The next day, he was informed by Indian press that there were at least a few Bidens in India.
“And although we never admitted it … I’ve found out that there was a Capt. George Biden who was a captain in the East India Tea Company in India,” the American president said.