New Delhi, Jan 23: Prime Minister Manmohan Singh congratulated US President Barack Obama as he assumed his office, on Thursday, Jan 22. It is a historic occasion for all freedom loving people, Singh said. He hoped that India-US bonds will get a boost during Obama's presidency.
He also invited Obama and his wife Michelle to India. I look forward to work with US President in addressing regional and global issues of common concern, Singh opined. In his letter to Obama, Singh offered best wishes from India. A statement released from the Prime Minister's Office (PMO) said: “The letter focuses on the multi-faceted relationship that is anchored in the common values of democracy, pluralism and respect for diversity, shared by the two countries."
“He expressed the hope that the bilateral relations between India and the USA would strengthen further," the PMO said. External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Vishnu Prakash said: “Prime minister conveyed his best wishes, as well as that of the government and people of India to President Obama, in achieving the goals that he has set for his people and for the role of the United States of America in the comity of nations."
Within hours of moving into the White House, Obama brought some comfort to New Delhi by linking aid to Pakistan to its performance in the fight against terror.
OneIndia News (With inputs from Agencies)