"India is an important nation in that region. It's a relationship we continue to want to improve and foster," the Pentagon Press Secretary, Rear Admiral John Kirby, said.

"We look forward to working with the new (Indian) government in that regard," Kirby said in response to a question.

Earlier, State Department Spokesperson Jen Psaki had described India a ‘very important strategic partner’ saying the ‘enduring partnership’ with India will continue to grow in the future under the new government led by Narendra Modi.

"I think our relationship between United States and India is so strong and enduring we won't worry about the Twitter rank order," Psaki said.

Modi has had an uneasy relationship with US which denied him a visa in 2005 over 2002 Gujarat riots. He has, however, in his public utterances stressed that foreign relations cannot be ‘influenced’ by incidents related to individuals.


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