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India a crucial partner: Obama to Manmohan
Published on 13 Nov. 2008 12:37 AM IST
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US president-elect Barack Obama finally called Prime Minister Manmohan Singh early on Wednesday morning at 8:30am IST, putting to rest speculation that Obama had ignored India by not calling the Prime Minister soon after he won the US polls. The US president-elect telephoned the Prime Minister and said the US- India strategic relationship is a “very important partnership” and the administration wants to work together with India on all important global issues. The call was placed this morning as earlier attempts to establish contact between the two sides failed to materialise because the Prime Minister was travelling abroad. Singh congratulated Obama on his historic victory and said his success would be an inspiration for the oppressed people all over the world, according to PMO sources. The Prime Minister said that the relationship between India and the US was “very good” but “we should not be satisfied with the status quo”. Singh conveyed his best wishes for the success of the Obama administration in meeting challenges that face the world. The Prime Minister also invited Obama and his wife Michelle to visit India, the sources said. Obama praised Singh’s contribution to the progress of India as finance minister earlier and the Prime Minister now. On Tuesday, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has made light of reports that the US president-elect ignored India while making telephone calls to leaders of various countries after his election to America’s top office. “No, this is not true... President Obama wanted to talk to me day before yesterday (Nov 8) (but) we could not establish contact because the time that was suggested was too short for me (to establish contact). Since then I have been travelling... as soon as I go back (we will try to establish contact),” Singh said when asked if the newly elected US president had ignored India by not calling him. Singh was talking to reporters late Monday night on way back to New Delhi from his maiden three-day visit to the energy rich Gulf region. Obama had called fifteen world leaders including Pakistan president Asif Ali Zardari after being elected US president. As Singh did not get any call from Obama, there were suggestions that the next US president was ignoring India. Singh said Obama had written to him a “very warm” letter even before he was elected president. The US president-elect phoned leaders of Australia, Britain, Canada, France, Germany, Israel, Japan, Mexico and South Korea on Thursday and followed it up with calls to President Hosni Mubarak of Egypt, Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi of Italy, President Lech Kaczynski and Prime Minister Donald Tusk of Poland, King Abdullah of Saudi Arabia, President Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero of Spain, and Pakistan’s Asif Ali Zardari on Friday as he began to connect with the world.

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