Obama looking forward to work with the new Indian government
US President Barack Obama is looking forward to the formation of a new government in India and has pledged to work closely with it
“We look forward to the formation of a new government once election results are announced and to working closely with India’s next administration to make the coming years equally transformative,” Obama said in a statement yesterday.
Congratulating the people of India on the successful elections, he said, “India has set an example for the world in holding the largest democratic election in history, a vibrant demonstration of our shared values of diversity and freedom”.
More than 500 million eligible Indian voters exercised their right to franchise to elect some 543 members of Parliament, who would elect the new Prime Minister.
The outgoing Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh, had announced earlier this year that he would not seek a third term.
In his statement, Obama also referred to the strong friendship that the two countries have developed over the last decades, cutting across party lines.
“The United States and India have developed a strong friendship and comprehensive partnership over the last two decades, which has made our citizens safer and more prosperous and which has enhanced our ability to work together to solve global challenges,” Obama said.