US Ambassador Charge d'Affaires ad interim to India Kathleen Stephens on Wednesday said that the US government was keen to work closely with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
"We recognise that Modi won the elections with a resounding mandate. We look forward to work closely with him," she said at an informal interaction with reporters in Kolkata.
Stephens said "I can say as an American citizen that the recent Indian elections was watched with great interest." Recently US, which had once denied visa to Modi when he was the chief minister of Gujarat in the context of Godhra riots, had extended an invitation to him on becoming the Prime Minister.
The invitation was extended by President Barack Obama.
Stephens said that with the new government coming to India, she was hopeful that bilateral relations between India and US would be taken to a new level. "US can effectively help in India in re-energising its economy which will help in better job and economic growth," the ambassador said.
She said that America could help in the areas of trade, technology, science and education. "Many US companies are doing well in India and vice-versa", she added.