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Barack Obama, in a farewell call to PM Modi, reviews ties

A snapshot of the official post by Indian National Congress on Twitter A snapshot of the official post by Indian National Congress on Twitter
Rufina Vignone | 20 Gennaio, 2017, 09:03

Speaking on the importance of staging the same, the Prime Minister of India, Narendra Modi stated that the Federation Internationale de Football Association U-17 World Cup should not remain the final objective as far as the sport is concerned.

"China applauds Modi's positive comments".

Just a few hours before leaving the White House the US President Barrack Obama made a farewell phone call to PM Modi on Wednesday.

As a member of the BRICS - which groups Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa - China supported India when it hosted the BRICS summit in 2016.

Obama also discussed climate change and his recognition of India as a major military ally of the United States during his years of cooperation with Modi, the release added.

They also discussed the progress made on shared economic and security priorities, including recognition of India as a Major Defence Partner of the United States and addressing the global challenge of climate change, a spokesperson of the U.S. government said in a statement on the White House website. Since then they have met each other eight times.

Obama joined Modi during a visit to the Lincoln Memorial when the prime minister was on his first visit to Washington in September 2014. This is a record for leaders between India and America. The recognition of India as a major defence partner of the U.S. and the two countries' focus on climate change were among the topics of discussion, the statement added.

Obama is to step down as president on Thursday to pave the way for President-elect Donald Trump who takes oath of office on Friday.

That was a first for a USA president, and a double first as it was the first time a sitting president was to visit India twice while still in office; the significance of which was not lost on either party and the world, signalling a rare closeness. Recalling his visit as chief guest at India's Republic Day celebrations in 2015, President Obama wished the Prime Minister warm congratulations ahead of India's upcoming 68th Republic Day anniversary. This was seen as the beginning of a new phase in India-US relations jettisoning any policy vestiges of the Cold War era when India was seen as close to then Soviet Union.

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