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Published: Saturday May 17, 2014 MYT 3:35:01 AM
Updated: Saturday May 17, 2014 MYT 3:36:14 AM

Obama invites new Indian leader Modi to visit U.S. -White House

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama invited India's newly elected leader, Narendra Modi, to visit Washington in a congratulatory phone call to him on Friday, the White House said.

Obama told Modi he looks forward to working closely with him to "fulfil the extraordinary promise of the U.S.-India strategic partnership," a White House statement said.

"The president invited Narendra Modi to visit Washington at a mutually agreeable time to further strengthen our bilateral relationship," the statement said.

(Reporting By Steve Holland; Editing by Sandra Maler)

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