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US ‘looks forward’ to working with President-elect Ram Nath Kovind    

Noting ‘growing strategic partnership’ with India, State Department Spokesperson Heather Nauert the US would look forward to working with the President-elect on regional and global issues.

india Updated: Jul 21, 2017 08:23 IST
Press Trust of India, Washington
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Ram Nath Kovind was elected India’s 14th President on Thursday. (PTI)

The United States has congratulated president-elect Ram Nath Kovind on his electoral victory and said it looks forward to working with him on regional and global issues.

Kovind, a low-key lawyer-turned-politician, was elected as India’s 14th President on Thursday, the first BJP member and the second Dalit to occupy the country’s highest office.

“We want to congratulate the President-elect Ramnath Kovind on his victory,” State Department Spokesperson Heather Nauert told reporters at a news conference on Thursday.

Noting that the US and India have a “deep and growing strategic partnership”, she said: “We look forward to working with the president-elect on regional and global issues.”

Nauert credited the close people-to-people contact between the world’s two largest democracies with the type of partnership they share.

“That partnership is obviously underpinned by our very close people-to-people contact with the Indian government and our shared democratic values,” Nauert said in response to a question.

A former Bihar governor, Kovind, 71, received 2,930 votes with a value of 7,02,044, to defeat the joint opposition candidate Meira Kumar, a former Lok Sabha speaker, who had 1,844 votes with a value of 3,67,314.

Kovind garnered 65.65% of the votes in the electoral college against the BJP’s projected 70% vote for him.

First Published: Jul 21, 2017 08:04 IST