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Khurshid congratulates Obama on second term

Posted on Nov 08, 06:58PM | IBNS

External Affairs Minister Salman Khurshid on Thursday congratulated Barack Obama for his re-election as the President of the United States.

While addressing media on his return to India from the 9th ASEM Summit in Laos, Khurshid said: "... while we were in Lao, we have had the good news from the United States of America of the election of President Barack Obama for a second term. As you are aware, the Prime Minister has already greeted the President of the United States."

"For the United States and India these are very important significant moments of reassertion and celebration of our respective democracies.

The election of the President, fiercely contested as it was and reported widely in the media, has now reached a conclusion of reassertion of democratic choice."

Khurshid said Obama's second term will help strengthen India-US ties.

"We look forward, as the Prime Minister has said, to deepening and widening our relationship with the United States of America. There are, in our relationship, very significant accomplishments that we have achieved over the last decade, and we would like that to move forward," he said.

Recollecting Obama's visit to India, Khurshid said: "We have very good memories of President Barack Obama's visit to our country, particularly his address to Indian Parliament. We hope in that spirit the United States and India will continue to move forward."

"There is a lot of work to be done in international cooperation, in the field of commerce, in the field of business, in the field of economics, and of course in the field of security.

"The common concerns that we have with the United States of America over security of cyberspace, security of all regions, is something in which we hope we look forward to a more meaningful dialogue as the President takes over his second term," he said.

Overcoming the backlash of economic downturn, Obama rode a wave of popular support to win a second term in the White House as he beat his strong Republican challenger Mitt Romney in Democrat strongholds.