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Statement of MEA Official Spokesperson on the US Presidential Elections

New Delhi 
November 5, 2008

The world’s oldest democracy has completed its traditional process of choosing its new President. The Government and the people of India congratulate Senator Barack Obama who has won the mandate of the American people.

President Mrs. Pratibha Devisingh Patil and Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh have sent congratulatory messages to President-elect Senator Obama.

India and the US have traditionally enjoyed warm and friendly ties based on the foundation of strong bonds of people-to-people linkages, shared values and our commitment to the principles of democracy, pluralism and rule of law.

We look forward to strengthening the partnership between India and the USA and continuing the close engagement that we have developed in recent years both in bilateral cooperation and in addressing global issues of common concern.