01/04/2015 9:27 AM IST | Updated 15/07/2016 8:25 AM IST

Narendra Modi Probably The Strongest Indian Leader I've Seen, Says Senator John McCain

India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi, center, arrives at the state funeral for the late Lee Kuan Yew, at the University Cultural Center, Sunday, March 29, 2015 in Singapore. During a week of national mourning that began Monday after Lee's death at age 91, some 450,000 people queued for hours for a glimpse of Lee's coffin at Parliament House. A million people visited tribute sites at community centers across the island and leaders and dignitaries from more than two dozen countries attended the state funeral. (AP Photo/Joseph Nair)

WASHINGTON — Influential American Senator John McCain said that Prime Minister Narendra Modi is probably the strongest Indian leader to have emerged in his lifetime and asserted that the US needs to have more cooperation with India.

"I'm incredibly impressed with the new leader. Mr Modi is probably the strongest leader that I have seen emerge in India, certainly in our lifetimes," Senator McCain said on Tuesday.

In his remarks before the Center for Strategic and International Studies, McCain, the 2008 presidential candidate, said the United States needs to have more co-operation with India.

"I believe one of the great long-term challenges we have is to maintain significant influence in the Asia-Pacific region. And we have to do things like look to India for more co-operation," the senior US Republican senator said.

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