Outgoing US President Barack Obama made a farewell phone call to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Obama thanked Modi for his continuous support and contribution to strengthening Indo-US ties. During the phone call yesterday evening, both leaders reviewed with satisfaction the significant all round progress and cooperation in ties between India and the US in the past few years. A statement from the Indian foreign ministry said the telephone call was made late Wednesday night.
Barack Obama was one of the first leaders to congratulate Modi after his electoral victory in May 2014 and immediately invited him to visit the White House. The two leaders met at the White House in September 2014. Since then they have met each other eight times. This is a record for leaders between India and America. According to a statement issued by the government here, Modi also thanked President Obama for “his strong support and contribution to strengthening the strategic partnership between India and the US.”
Modi conveyed his best wishes to President Obama in his future endeavors. Obama will step down as the 44th President of the US on Friday. Donald Trump will be sworn-in following his departure.
Prime Minister Modi also thanked President Obama for his strong support and contribution to strengthening the strategic partnership between India and the US.
Obama is the first US president to have visited India twice during his presidency—first in November 2010 and then in January 2015. The second time, Modi invited Obama to attend India’s Republic Day celebrations as its chief guest—the first time ever a US president was invited to do so. This was seen as the beginning of a new phase in India-US relations jettisoning any policy vestiges of the Cold War era when India was seen as close to then Soviet Union.