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Prime Minister Narendra Modi attended the recent G-20 Summit in Bali, Indonesia. During this, he also met US President Joe Biden. 

Regarding this meeting, Professor Ashok Swain of Sweden’s Uppsala University posted a collage. A part of which was the picture of India’s Foreign Minister S Jaishankar who quoted that PM Modi met US President Biden in Bali. During this, there was a detailed discussion on technology, advanced computing, regional and global.

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Source: Twitter

In the second part, the press secretary of the White House Karine Jean-Pierre was quoted as President Biden briefly PM Modi in Bali for a very brief time and greeted him. There was no specific discussion.”

Referring to this paradox, Swain captioned his tweet “For a Hitler, there has to be one Goebbels!” Soon his tweet has got more than 2100 retweets and more than 7500 likes.

Fact Check:

To verify this claim of Ashok Swain, the DFRAC team first looked at the press release of the Ministry of External Affairs of India. In which it was told that the Prime Minister, Shri Narendra Modi, and the President of “USA, Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi met President of USA, H.E. Mr. Joseph R. Biden on the margins of G-20 Leaders’ Summit in Bali today. “bali.jpg

Source: MEA

They reviewed the continuing deepening of the India – US strategic partnership including cooperation in future oriented sectors like critical and emerging technologies, advanced computing, artificial intelligence, etc. They expressed satisfaction about the close cooperation between India and US in new groupings such as the Quad, I2U2, etc..

The two leaders discussed topical global and regional developments. PM Modi thanked President Biden for his constant support for strengthening the India-US partnership. He expressed confidence that both countries would continue to maintain close coordination during India’s G-20 Presidency.

At the same time, the DFRAC team checked the briefing of the White House. President Biden met today with Prime Minister Modi of India and President Widodo of Indonesia on the margins of the G20 Leaders’ Summit in Bali to reaffirm their shared commitment to the G20 as the premier forum for international economic cooperation. Facing significant global challenges, the Leaders discussed how the G20 continues to demonstrate its collective capacity to bring together major economies to advance sustainable and inclusive growth in our economies and beyond, tackle the ongoing climate, energy, and food crises, strengthen global health architecture and promote technological transformation.

President Biden congratulated President Widodo for Indonesia’s leadership to galvanize countries around the world to launch the Financial Intermediary Fund (FIF) for Pandemic PPR hosted by the World Bank (Pandemic Fund) to address gaps in pandemic prevention, preparedness, and response. This success has laid the foundation to take forward substantive health-finance collaborations during India’s G20 presidency.

At the meeting, President Biden said the United States will continue to support the G20’s global leadership for developing improved and innovative financing models for multilateral financial institutions to provide solutions to challenges like climate change, pandemics, economic fragility, reducing poverty and achieving SDGs, and to support inclusive development, strengthen economic security and global supply chains. They also discussed the importance of leveraging public and private financing to close the infrastructure gap.

President Biden applauded Indonesia’s G20 Presidency for its efforts on a successful G20 Leaders’ Summit. He looks forward to continuing to support the G20’s work under India’s Presidency.

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Source: White House

Apart from this, In the meantime, we received Jean-Pierre’s statement at the 18 November 2022 briefing. In which he was asked how was the meeting between President Biden and Prime Minister Modi of India in Bali?mdd.jpg

Source: White House

She replied that as you know,  As you know, it was a — we had a successful G20 Leaders’ Summit and a strong Leaders’ Declaration, as you know.  I know you follow this very closely.

President Biden spoke with the Prime Minister and Indonesian President on the margins of the summit, and we issued a readout of their trilateral meeting.

India played an essential role in negotiating the summit’s declaration.  Prime Minister Modi made clear “today’s era must not be of war.”  And — and that’s a direct quote from the President [Prime Minister].

Among other priorities addressed, we have a path forward to addressing current food and energy security challenges while continuing our efforts to build a resilient global economy. 

Prime Minister Modi’s relationship was critical to this outcome, and we look forward to supporting India’s G20 presiden- — G- — pres- — G20 presidency next year.  We look forward to — to that — to that — to that next meeting.”

Conclusion:

Therefore , it is clear from the fact check of DFRAC that the claim of Ashok Swain is fake. Because this is confirmed by the press release of the Indian Ministry of External Affairs and the briefing of the White House.

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Dilshad Noor
Dilshad Noor
Mr. Dilshad Noor is a research fellow at DFRAC with experience of 8 years in the field of journalism He has done his bachelor's in journalism from VMOU, Kota. He has done MA and LLB from the University of Kota. He specializes in report making and research analysis.

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