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May 21, 2014
New Delhi

President Obama appreciates Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh's leadership

President Barak Obama of the United States has appreciated Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh's role in strengthening the Indo- US strategic relationship. President Obama in his letter also appreciated Dr. Manmohan Singh for his efforts that lifted millions out of poverty and positioned India for its transformation into a global leader.

Excerpts of the President Obama's letter to the Prime Minister is as follows:-

While it was a pleasure to talk to you on the phone, I wanted to respond to your thoughtful letter and put in writing my deep appreciation for your remarkable two terms in office. I have tremendous gratitude for the critical role you have played in defining and expanding the strategic partnership between India and the United States.

Your leadership helped strengthen a strategic relationship that will have a long-lasting impact on our citizens and is already making the world a safer, more prosperous place. With boldness and vision, during your 10 years in office, you challenged our two nations to deepen our defense ties, engage in civil nuclear commerce, expand trade, and collaborate on clean energy technology while working through our differences. We joined together to fight terrorism, prevent the proliferation of weapons of mass destruction, and promote peace in Afghanistan. We also embarked on substantive, strategic exchanges that have helped shape our shared views of global developments, allowing us to coordinate and respond more effectively to breaking events.

Even before I became President, I greatly admired your dedication to alleviate India's poverty, primarily through economic reforms. Your efforts lifted millions out of poverty and positioned India for its transformation into a global leader. I particularly commend your resolve to reach out to Pakistan, which showed the path to a stable, peaceful South Asia. I am proud that the United States could play a role in your efforts to build a dynamic, prosperous nation, which I believe will bring great benefit to our countries and the world.

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