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Ties with India flourished under PM Modi's leadership: Top US official

File photo of PM Narendra Modi. Photograph:( AFP )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Mar 22, 2019, 10.22 AM (IST)

US President Donald Trump's administrative official has praised Prime Minister Narendra Modi, saying the relationship between India and the United States flourished under PM Modi's regime. The official hailed the 2+2 Dialogue between India and the US and expected the ties between both countries to improve after the Lok Sabha polls.

The official said that the 2+2 Dialogue, that took place between the diplomats of both countries last year, took the relationship forward, news agency PTI reported. 

Responding to a question on the Modi-government's 5-year tenure and Indian foreign secretary Vijay Gokhale's recent visit to the United States, the official said, "US-India relationship has really flourished since Modi took power. The highlight, I would say, was Prime Minister Modi's visit to the White House in the June of 2017 where a lot of progress was made on the relationship. I would just say that the visit by foreign secretary Gokhale was just the latest illustration of the positive trajectory that the relationship is on". 

Talking about the upcoming Lok Sabha election in India, the official said that the United States is looking forward to working together with whoever is elected in the election.

He also added that the US is expecting the ties to improve and is looking for ways of cooperation in the Indo-Pacific region.

The official was quoted by news agency PTI and requested anonymity.

(With inputs from PTI) 

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The official said that the 2+2 Dialogue, that took place between the diplomats of both countries, took the relationship forward.