Modi quick on Twitter diplomacy, slow to mention US
While Canadian PM Stephan Harper has had two mentions and Russian President Putin received warm words on Monday, Modi conspicuously made no reference at all to the leaders of the world's superpower.india Updated: May 19, 2014 18:30 IST
Prime minister-elect Narendra Modi has taken to Twitter to thank fellow leaders in Japan, Russia, Sri Lanka, Nepal and Australia for their support, but one man still waiting for a reply is US Secretary of State John Kerry.
While Canadian Prime Minister Stephan Harper has had two mentions and Russian President Putin received warm words on Monday, Modi has conspicuously made no reference at all to the leaders of the world's superpower.
Had a telephonic conversation with @pmharper. Thanked him for his wishes & talked about our commitment to strengthen India-Canada relations.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) May 18, 2014
I thank President Putin for his good wishes. Looking forward to making our relations with Russia even stronger in the years to come.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) May 19, 2014
Washington, along with European powers, had boycotted the 63-year-old for a decade and denied him a visa over the 2002 Gujarat riots. Modi was refused the diplomatic visa by the US in 2005.
Kerry tweeted congratulations to Modi on Friday after a landslide win for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), saying he looked forward to "growing shared prosperity/security".
Congrats to @narendramodi and BJP. Look forward to working w/you/growing shared prosperity/security w/world's largest democracy.— John Kerry (@JohnKerry) May 16, 2014
US President Barack Obama telephoned Modi but is yet to comment in person. He had warm words for Modi's predecessor on Saturday, however.
As Manmohan Singh left office after 10 years in power, Obama called to tell him that that there were "very few people in public life that I have admired or appreciated more."
Modi has displayed no rancour publicly about his treatment by Washington, telling an interviewer earlier this month that foreign relations "should not and cannot be influenced by incidents related to individuals".
But analysts are looking closely at how the world's biggest democracies embrace each other with Modi at the helm and following a highly damaging spat over the arrest of an Indian diplomat in New York in December.
Modi, writing on Twitter to his 4.19 million followers, addressed a message to Russian President Putin on Monday saying that he looked forward "to making our relations with Russia even stronger in the years to come."
Japanese premier Shinzo Abe meanwhile was thanked for his good wishes.
My gratitude to Prime Minister @AbeShinzo for extending his good wishes. Strong relations with Japan is beneficial for both our nations.— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) May 19, 2014
"Personally, I have a wonderful experience of working with Japan as CM (chief minister). I am sure we will take India-Japan ties to newer heights," he wrote.
British Prime Minister David Cameron sent a message of congratulations on Friday which was acknowledged by Modi the day after. His country had also boycotted the BJP leader in the past.
"Hoping to further strengthen India-UK relations," Modi wrote.