Kerry looks forward to visiting India soon; says US ready to work with Modi

WASHINGTON: While greeting Narendra Modi and the Bharatiya Janta Party on the election victory, US Secretary of State John Kerry has said he looked forward to returning to India soon and renewing President Barack Obama’s invitation to the incoming prime minister to visit the United States.

“I look forward to returning to India soon and echo President Obama’s invitation to Prime Minister Modi to visit the United States at the earliest opportunity,” Kerry said, according to a State Department statement.

Referring to the massive over 530 million Indians going to the polls, the top American diplomat noted that “the voice of the Indian electorate is clear and unequivocal in its call for economic opportunity and effective governance for all.”

“The United States stands ready to work closely with Prime Minister Modi and the new government to promote shared prosperity and strengthen our security. The friendship between the world’s oldest democracy and the world’s largest democracy is absolutely vital, and the United States is deeply invested in our strategic relationship. We look forward to strengthening our partnership based on common values, shared democratic traditions, and the binding ties between our peoples.”