US President Obama Wishes Happy Diwali to Indian PM Narendra Modi

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Washington, DC – US President Barack Obama today (Tuesday) reiterated a desire to review joint efforts on key areas of bilateral cooperation and to preview global issues ahead of the upcoming G-20 summit, East Asia Summit, and Paris Climate Conference.

In a telephone call to the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, President Obama noted‎ that the conversation represented the first use of the new secure line between the two leaders and wished the Prime Minister a happy Diwali. He also reaffirmed the importance of the US-India partnership in addressing both regional and global issues, according to a White House readout of the call.

The readout further said, “Both leaders shared their perspectives on developments in South Asia and discussed the progress they have made on shared economic and security priorities, including implementation of the Joint Strategic Vision for the Asia-Pacific and Indian Ocean Region and addressing the global challenge of climate change.‎”

In a post-call tweet, Modi said: “A short while ago @POTUS (President of the United States) called. We exchanged Diwali greetings. This was our first conversation through the newly-established hotline.”

“President Obama & I look forward to meeting in Turkey during the G20 Summit,” to be held from November 15-16, he said.

Modi said he and President Obama “discussed a wide range of other issues as well. It was good knowing how @WhiteHouse is marking Diwali.”

The G20 Summit in the resort town of Antalya is to be held ahead of the climate change summit in Paris from November 30-December 1.

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