Obama rings up PM, assures India of full US support

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New Delhi, Nov 12 (UNI) US president elect Barack Obama today assured Prime Minister Manmohan Singh that the new US administration would work together with India on all important global issues.

The President-elect also said he wished to make an early visit to India.

Mr Obama, who telephoned Dr Singh this morning, conveyed that the Indo-US strategical relations was a very important partnership and the new administration under him wanted to work together with the country on all important issues.

The Prime Minister congratulated him warmly and said his historic victory was a source of inspiration for oppressed people all over the world.

Mr Obama praised the Prime Minister's contribution to the progress of India both as Minister of Finance earlier and now as Prime Minister.

The Prime Minister said that relations between India and the United States were very good but that ''we could not be satisfied with the status quo.'' Dr Singh conveyed his best wishes for the success of the new administration in meeting the enormous challenges that face the world and invited the President-elect and Mrs. Obama to visit India.

He said that a warm welcome awaited them. The President-elect said that he wished to make an early visit to India.

After being elected as the US president, Mr Obama wanted to talk to the Prime Minister on Saturday but as the Prime Minister was travelling to Oman and Qatar, he could not do so.

As the Prime Minister did not receive any call from Mr Obama, media reports suggested that the new president elect was ignoring India.

Mr Obama had so far called some fifteen world leaders, including Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari.

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