Indian supporters of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) pose for a photograph wearing masks of party leader Narendra Modi outside a counting centre in Siliguri on May 16.
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White House says President Obama will reach out to Indian PM-elect Modi soon

India's next prime minister will be granted a visa, State Department says

He was denied once before over sectarian violence in India; But he has been cleared of any blame

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Indian Prime Minister-elect Narendra Modi “will be welcomed” to the United States, the White House said on Friday.

Spokesman Jay Carney said President Barack Obama “does plan to reach out” to him soon.

In a statement, State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said Modi would get a visa to the United States once he takes office and forms a government. Modi was denied one several years ago.