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US 'looks forward' to working with President-elect Ram Nath Kovind    

Washington: The United States has congratulated president-elect Ram Nath Kovind on his electoral victory and said that it looks forward to working with him on regional and global issues. Kovind, a low-key lawyer-turned-politician, was on Thursday elected as India's 14th President, the first BJP member and the second Dalit to occupy the country's highest office.

File image of President-elect Ram Nath Kovind. Twitter/ @AIR

File image of President-elect Ram Nath Kovind. Twitter/ @AIR

"We want to congratulate the President-elect Ramnath Kovind on his victory," State Department Spokesperson Heather Nauert told reporters at a news conference on Thursday. Noting that the US and India have a "deep and growing strategic partnership", she said: "We look forward to working with the president-elect on regional and global issues."

Nauert credited the close people-to-people contact between the world's two largest democracies with the type of partnership they share.

"That partnership is obviously underpinned by our very close people-to-people contact with the Indian government and our shared democratic values," Nauert said in response to a question.

A former Bihar governor, Kovind, 71, received 2930 votes with a value of 7,02,044, to defeat the joint opposition candidate Meira Kumar, a former Lok Sabha speaker, who got 1844 votes with a value of 3,67,314.

Kovind garnered 65.65 percent of the votes in the electoral college against the BJP's projected 70 percent vote for him.

Published Date: Jul 21, 2017 07:15 AM | Updated Date: Jul 21, 2017 07:16 AM

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