United States President Barack Obama on Friday called up Indian prime minister-designate Narendra Modi and congratulated him on his “emphatic election victory”, officials said.

Mr Obama said that the largest democracy in the world has given a “decisive mandate” and that he wished that under Narendra Modi’s leadership, India will contribute significantly at the global stage.

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“The President invited Narendra Modi to visit Washington at a mutually agreeable time to further strengthen our bilateral relationship,” the White House said following the maiden telephonic conversation between the two leaders. The phone call was stated to be brief.

Modi, during his US visit would be eligible for an A-1 visa, State Department Spokesperson Jen Psaki said. “The Prime Minister of India will be welcomed to the United States. As Head of Government, Modi would be eligible for an A-1 visa,” she said.

In 2005, the US State Department had revoked a visa that Modi had for traveling to the US on the ground of alleged human rights violations after the 2002 Gujarat riots. The US has repeatedly said there is no change in its long-standing visa policy relating to Modi but he is free to apply for a visa and await a review like any other applicant.

During the call, Obama felicitated Modi on the BJP’s success in India’s historic election. “The President noted he looks forward to working closely with Modi to fulfill the extraordinary promise of the US-India strategic partnership and they agreed to continue expanding and deepening the wide-ranging cooperation between our two democracies,” the White House said.

Mr Obama joined a number of world leaders including British Prime Minister David Cameron, Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, Afghan President Hamid Karzai, Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu who have congratulated the Bharatiya Janata Party l

eader on the overwhelming win in the general elections.