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US 'Looks Forward' to Working With President-elect Ram Nath Kovind

(photo for representation, image: News18)

(photo for representation, image: News18)

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.

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.

"We want to congratulate the President-elect Ramnath Kovind on his victory," State Department Spokesperson Heather Nauert told reporters at a news conference yesterday.

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 per cent of the votes in the electoral college against the BJP's projected 70 per cent vote for him.