US lawmakers, Indian-Americans congratulate Modi

Updated - December 04, 2021 11:24 pm IST

Published - May 17, 2014 09:13 am IST - Washington

US lawmakers and Indian- Americans have congratulated Narendra Modi for leading the BJP to a historic win, hoping that his elevation to the prime minister’s post would further strengthen bilateral ties.

“A partnership between the world’s two largest and greatest democracies is necessary for us to successfully address the many global challenges we face, including economic growth, bilateral trade, the environment, terrorism, and security,” Congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard said.

Ms Gabbard, the first ever Hindu lawmaker in the US Congress, made a telephone call to Mr Modi and congratulated him and the BJP for winning a majority vote in the Lok Sabha.

“This election was an extraordinary achievement for the 550 million Indians who voted over the course of six weeks in some 930,000 polling locations. I look forward to working with Mr Modi and other members of the Indian government toward our mutual goals of peace, stability and economic growth in the Asia-Pacific region,” Ms Gabbard said.

Congressman Ed Royce, Chairman of the powerful House Foreign Affairs Committee, said, “I congratulate Narendra Modi on being elected as the next Prime Minister of India. This is a historic moment for India, and I will work closely with Prime Minister-elect Modi to strengthen the important relationship between our two countries.”

Powerful Democratic Senator Mark Warner, who is co-chair of the bipartisan Senate India Caucus, in a statement congratulated BJP and Modi on their electoral victory.

“I look forward to working with the new Indian government to move the US-India relationship forward,” he said.

Earlier, President Barack Obama congratulated Narendra Modi for his electoral victory during a telephone call and invited him to visit the U.S. to further strengthen bilateral ties.

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