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'Obama is a good friend of India'

January 05, 2010 19:56 IST

Stating that the US President Barack Obama was a good friend of India, Democrat leader of Indian origin Jai P Goyal said that there was no discrimination against Indians in the United States.

"Obama is a good friend of India and many Indians are working at the top positions in his administration," the 30-year-old Goyal, who has been elected to the House of Representatives from Ohio province of US for the second term in 2008, arrived in IndoreĀ  on a private visit told reporters.

To a query, he said that the issues of outsourcing and protectionism were linked with the US economy which had been hit by the downturn.

The US government wants to provide employment to the jobless youths in that country, adding that if there was some reservation in India in this regard it wasn't good, he said.

Obama had said in his first budget speech on last February 26, that the US administration will deprive off those US companies of tax benefits for outsourcing work from India and other countries.

To a question he has termed the recent killing of an Indian student in Australia as "horrible".

Goyal has his roots in Indore city.

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