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India can have brighter future working with neighbors

world Updated: May 19, 2009 23:11 IST

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Congratulating Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on his reelection, a senior Republican lawmaker has said India has a brighter future working with its neighbors and allies.

"There are tremendous challenges in that region, but I know that working together with their neighbors and allies, India can have a bright future," Congressman Joe Wilson said on the floor of House of Representatives yesterday.

"I want to commend the people of India on their successful election concluded Saturday. I want to congratulate Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and his United Progressive Alliance for winning the most seats in what is a month-long voting process with as many as 700 million eligible voters," he said.

Wilson said Prime Minister Singh has been instrumental in forging a stronger alliance between India, the world's largest democracy, and the US, the world's oldest democracy and also in signing of the Indo-US nuclear agreement which will mean jobs and cleaner energy for both our nations.

"As evidenced by the vibrant success of Indian Americans in US commerce and society, the shared values of our two nations are stronger than ever before," he said.

"I have met Singh in New Delhi and Washington, and I wish him and the people of India much success moving forward," Wilson said.