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Obama sends congratulations to India's Modi
Obama congratulates India's Modi on election; US vows close partnership despite old tensions
Associated Press
2014-05-17 03:01 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama is sending congratulations to India's next prime minister.

Narendra Modi won a decisive victory but has an uneasy past with the United States.

White House spokesman Jay Carney says Obama plans to reach out to Modi and looks forward to speaking with him. He is praising India for holding the largest free and fair election in human history.

The U.S. denied Modi a visa in 2005 for alleged complicity in deadly religious riots in 2002. Carney says Modi will be allowed into the U.S. He says the U.S. looks forward to working closely with Modi and his new cabinet.

Secretary of State John Kerry is adding his congratulations on Twitter. He says he will work with Modi to promote shared prosperity and security.

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