U.S. officials welcomed the Bharatiya Janata Party’s landslide victory at the polls in India on Friday, saying they look forward to working with India’s next prime minister Narendra Modi when he forms a government.
“After the largest democratic election in history, US congratulates the BJP for its victory and looks forward to working closely with new gov [sic],” tweeted deputy National Security Advisor Ben Rhodes.
President Barack Obama called Modi later on Friday, telling the likely-incoming Prime Minister that he looks forward to “working closely” with him, according to a White House readout of the call.
The election is a chance for the U.S. and India to reset relations after the arrest and deportation of an Indian diplomat to the United Nations in New York strained the relationship earlier this year. But Modi has a troubled history with the U.S., potentially further complicating matters.
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