Manmohan congratulates Obama on re-election

Hopes second term will make ties stronger

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Wednesday congratulated Barack Obama on his re-election as US president and hoped that the relations between the two countries would improve further.

He said in a congratulatory message: “I look forward to continuing our rewarding association in order to build further on the enduring foundations of our shared values and the accomplishments of the past four years. I have no doubt that there is much more we can do together to further strengthen the India-US partnership and thereby advance peace and stability, expand mutual economic opportunities, harness the potential of science and technology, innovation and higher education and empower our people to address global challenges.”

Referring to the ties, he remarked: “Over the last four years, consistent with our vision of a global strategic partnership between India and the United States, the ties between our two democracies have seen sustained growth. We have not only advanced cooperation across the full spectrum of our bilateral relationship, but also deepened our engagement in the pursuit of global peace, stability and prosperity.”

Singh added: “The renewed confidence that the people of your great country have reposed in you is as much a tribute to your qualities of head and heart as it is an indication of the faith that the American people have in your leadership.

Your mandate gives you a historic opportunity to continue to work for the welfare of the American people as also for global peace and progress at an admittedly difficult juncture, not just for the US, but indeed for the world at large.” Finance Minister P Chidambaram, congratulating Obama, expressed the hope that economic ties with the US would improve with the re-election of Barack Obama. “I hope that Indo-US relations (will) get stronger... especially economic relations,” he told reporters in New Delhi. The Congress too congratulated Obama and said the two countries were set for further improvement in their ties.

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