Obama makes farewell calls to Afghan, Indian leaders

Published: January 19, 2017

Outgoing US President Barack Obama on Wednesday made farewell telephone calls to the leaders of Afghanistan and India, the White House said.

During his conversation with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Obama expressed gratitude for his partnership, and congratulated him on India’s upcoming 68th Republic Day anniversary, Associated Press reported.

Obama’s says goodbye in last presidential speech

The two leaders also recalled joint efforts of cooperation, including defense, civil nuclear energy and climate change among other matters of importance.

Obama’s conversation with Afghan President Ashraf Ghani was joined by the country’s chief executive Dr Abdullah Abdullah. During the phone call, Obama appreciated the leaders for supporting the partnership between the US and Afghanistan. He urged Ghani and Abdullah to continue working for lasting peace and stability.

Obama offers Modi warm farewell embrace

In June last year, Obama and Modi vowed cooperation between the United States and India on nuclear power and climate change during a meeting at the White House. Offering Modi a warm embrace, Obama said it was his “great pleasure to welcome back my friend Prime Minister Modi to the Oval Office.”

Obama also offered high profile backing for Modi’s bid to normalise India’s once clandestine nuclear program.


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Reader Comments (6)

  • Iqbal
    Jan 19, 2017 - 1:45PM

    Unlike in Pakistan, Mr Modi is well respected in the World. Mr Trump has already said good things about him and accused Pakistan of cross border terrorism.Recommend

  • Ch. Allah Daad
    Jan 19, 2017 - 4:49PM

    Modi is a small fish, Americans don’t respect even their Dad. Recommend

  • A Pakistani
    Jan 19, 2017 - 6:39PM

    Modi is a pawn for greater American game in Asia, you will see, how your Modi ji will be disposed off.Recommend

  • Bunny Rabbit
    Jan 19, 2017 - 6:48PM

    No offence meant sir but please go . your predecessors didnt make such a fuss about leaving . DT has a lot of clean up pending in US now . let him do his job . Recommend

  • resistant
    Jan 19, 2017 - 9:48PM

    The fact that he didn’t call Sharif is says much about the relationships between the two country. Obama started office with a positive opinion of Pakistan – pretty clear that opinion has changed. Recommend

  • Giri
    Jan 20, 2017 - 4:33PM

    He did not call Nawaz. Isn’t this telling?Recommend

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