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Obama looks forward to enhancing 'warm' India-US partnership

US President Barack Obama congratulated India on its "historic" national elections saying he looks forward to continue working with the Indian government to enhance the "warm partnership" between the two countries.

world Updated: May 17, 2009 11:41 IST
Arun Kumar

US President Barack Obama congratulated India on its "historic" national elections saying he looks forward to continue working with the Indian government to enhance the "warm partnership" between the two countries.

"President Obama looks forward to continuing to work with the Indian government to enhance the warm partnership between our two countries," White House spokesman Robert Gibbs said in a statement Saturday.

"President Obama congratulates India on its historic national elections," he said after the ruling Congress-led United Progressive Alliance surged to a commanding win.

"By successfully completing the largest exercise of popular voting in the world, the elections have strengthened India's vibrant democracy and upheld the values of freedom and pluralism that make India an example for us all," he said.

Gibbs added that the US recognised the achievement of Indian people in the election, noting they remained the "strength and foundation for India's prosperity and democracy".