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One can be proud of Indian elections: White House

Admiring Indian elections, the United States said the electoral process in the world's largest democracy is something one can be proud of. The White House spokesman, Robert Gibbs, in response to a question said the recently held elections in India -- the largest elections in the world -- is something "that, I think, many can be proud of". How the Congress won India

world Updated: May 22, 2009 08:25 IST

Admiring Indian elections, the United States on Friday said the electoral process in the world's largest democracy is something one can be proud of.

The White House spokesman, Robert Gibbs, in response to a question said the recently held elections in India -- the largest elections in the world -- is something "that, I think, many can be proud of".

However, Gibbs said US President Barack Obama of late has not made any call to Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, who is entering to his second consecutive term in the office after victory of Congress-led alliance in the recent polls.

"The (US) President has not lately talked to the Prime Minister," Gibbs told reporters when asked if Obama had made any phone call to the Prime Minister on visiting India or inviting him to the US.

The new Indian Ambassador to the US, Meera Shankar, had presented her credentials to Obama on Thursday. At the brief ceremony Obama had said Singh is a very wise leader whom he respects and is looking forward to visit India at an early date.

Obama had congratulated people of India in the successful conduct of elections last week. "President Obama looks forward to continuing to work with the Indian Government to enhance the warm partnership between our two countries," the White House said in a statement.