India hopes relations with US to strengthen in Obama's rule: Menon

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Thimphu, Nov 5 (UNI) India today hoped that the bilateral relationship between New Delhi and the US would be further strengthened with the change of government following the election of Democratic party nominee Barack Obama as the US President.

''India and the US have transformed their relations very successfully during the past ten to 12 years and we hope and expect to continue to do the same in the future also,'' said Foreign Secretary Shivshanker Menon when asked about his reaction to the change of government in the US.

The Indian government had signed civil nuclear deal with the Bush administration.

Mr Menon, who has arrived here along with President Pratibha Devisingh Patil to participate in the coronation ceremony of the fifth King Jigme Khesar Namgyal Wangchuck, told visiting mediapersons from India that elections are the internal affairs of the US but India looks forward to working with the US.

He said the relationship between India and the US has transformed and both the countries are enjoying bipartisan support.

Pointing out that both the major political parties in the US had cooperated in the efforts be it the Clinton administration or the Bush regime, he hoped that the relationship between the two countries would be further strengthened during the Obama regime.


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