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Obama bids fond farewell to outgoing India PM

Published on May 18, 2014 12:44 AM

WASHINGTON (AFP) - US President Barack Obama called India’s outgoing Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Saturday to convey “gratitude” for “his critical role” in deepening ties between the two allies.  

India is a key part of Obama’s policy of pivoting US power to Asia. On his 2010 visit, Obama called the budding strategic relationship between the world’s two largest democracies “one of the defining partnerships of the 21st century”.

The US president is now courting Singh’s successor, Narendra Modi, whose Bharatiya Janata Party’s won a crushing election victory and who was previously shunned by Washington.  

But Obama reached out to Singh Saturday, expressing “his gratitude for Dr Singh’s tenure as Prime Minister and his critical role in transforming and deepening the US-India strategic partnership and our cooperation on global challenges".  

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