Outgoing US President Barak Obama spoke by phone today with Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India to thank him for his partnership and to review joint efforts of cooperation including defense, civil nuclear energy, and enhanced people-to-people ties.

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.

Both leaders discussed the progress they have made on shared economic and security priorities, including recognition of India as a Major Defense Partner of the United States and addressing the global challenge of climate change.

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