In a joint news conference with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in the Oval Office, he said: "The strong people-to-people relationship makes it more important for the two government for a closer ties."
He added saying that "I think all of us recognise that as the world's two largest democracies, countries that have for a very long time been invested in, you know, the peace and prosperity of their own people, that there is a natural convergence between the United States and India."
Obama: Indian-Americans make extraordinary contributions to the US everyday
He also made a reference to the recently crowned Miss America in his speech and said, part of this had to do with the incredible people-to-people ties that exist. "Indian - Americans make extraordinary contributions to the United States every single day- scientists, businessmen, academics," he said.
"And Now Miss America is of Indian-American descent. I think it's a signal of how close our countries are," Obama said in his remarks.
Indian-American Nina Davuluri was recently crowned as Miss America and was shortly a victim of racist remarks on social media.