Obama congratulates India’s PM Singh

President Barack Obama on Saturday congratulated Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh by phone on his swearing in for a second term.
Obama “also congratulated India on successfully completing the largest democratic exercise that the world has ever seen, calling it a testament to the strength of India’s democracy,” the White House said in a statement.

Obama congratulated Singh for winning his mandate in the general elections and the two leaders “resolved to work together on global challenges, including terrorism,” according to the report.

Obama also said he looked forward to continuity in the India-U.S. strategic partnership, the report quoted a key aide to Singh as saying.

The U.S. president invited Singh to visit Washington soon, while Singh also reiterated his invitation to Michelle and Barack Obama to visit India, said the report.

Singh and Obama met for the first time on the sidelines of the Group of 20 Summit in London in early April.

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