US says looking to work closely with Greek poll winners

 The White House said Monday it hoped to work closely with Greece`s new government after the radical left-wing Syriza party stormed to power on an anti-austerity platform.

New Delhi: The White House said Monday it hoped to work closely with Greece`s new government after the radical left-wing Syriza party stormed to power on an anti-austerity platform.

"We congratulate Greece on successfully completing its parliamentary elections and we look forward to working closely with its next government," Mark Stroh, a spokesman for the White House`s National Security Council, told AFP in New Delhi during a visit by US President Barack Obama.

The comments come after Syriza routed the New Democracy party of Prime Minister Antonis Samaras in Sunday`s poll, putting Greece on a collision course with European and international creditors.

After his victory, Syriza leader Alexis Tsipras repeated his campaign pledge to renegotiate the terms of Greece`s 240-billion-euro ($269-billion) bailout with the European Union and the International Monetary Fund.

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