US President Barack Obama will be replaced by the president-elect Donald Trump tomorrow and before the day comes, Obama made a farewell phone call to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to thank him for his support and contribution to strengthening Indo-US ties.
According to reports, both leaders conversed on a phone call yesterday evening and talked at length. Obama and Modi reviewed with satisfaction the significant all round progress and cooperation in ties between India and the US in the past few years.
“Recalling his visit as the chief guest at India’s Republic Day celebrations in 2015, President Obama wished the Prime Minister warm congratulations ahead of India’s upcoming 68th Republic Day anniversary,” said the White House.
“Both leaders discussed the progress they have made on shared economic and security priorities, including recognition of India as a major defence partner of the United States and addressing the global challenge of climate change,” the White House said.
It is worth noting that after Modi’s electoral victory in May 2014, Obama was one of the first leaders to call and congratulate him. The president also invited Modi to visit the White House. In September 2014, both the leaders met at the White House and since then, as for record between India and America, both met each other eight times.
The government here has also issued a statement that Modi also expressed his gratitude to President Obama for “his strong support and contribution to strengthening the strategic partnership between India and the US.”
“He conveyed his best wishes to President Obama in his future endeavours,” the official spokesperson said.
Obama will step down as the 44th President of the US on Friday. Real-estate mogul Donald Trump will be sworn-in following his departure.