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World leaders pat Modi on the back

Beijing/Moscow: US President Donald Trump, Chinese President Xi Jinping, Russian President Vladimir Putin, Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan and French President Emmanuel Macron were among dozens of world leaders who congratulated Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday on his impressive victory in the general elections as they vowed to work with him to bolster the bilateral ties.

Trump congratulated  Modi on his “big” election victory, saying “great things” are in store for bilateral ties between the two nations with the Indian Premier’s re-election. 

“Congratulations to Prime Minister @NarendraModi and his BJP party on their BIG election victory!” Trump tweeted.

“Great things are in store for the US-India partnership with the return of PM Modi at the helm. I look forward to continuing our important work together!” he said, as congratulatory messages from various parts of the US poured in.

President Xi extended “heartfelt” congratulations to Modi on his election victory and vowed to work with him to take the bilateral ties to a new height.

“I attach great importance to the development of China-India relations and would like to work with you to guide the development directions of the bilateral relations, enhance mutual political trust, expand  pragmatic cooperation and promote the closer developmental partnership between the two countries to a new height,” Xi wrote in a letter to Modi.

Imran Khan congratulated Modi on his electoral triumph and expressed desire to work with him for peace and prosperity in the region.

“I congratulate Prime Minister Modi on the electoral victory of BJP and allies. Look forward to working with him for peace, progress and prosperity in South Asia,” Khan tweeted in both English and Urdu.

President Putin congratulated Modi on the convincing victory of his party in the elections and expressed his readiness to work together to build up the full range of bilateral relations.

“I am convinced that, as the Prime Minister of India, you will further strengthen the centuries-old friendship between our peoples and the all-round development of a particularly privileged strategic partnership between Russia and India,” Putin said in a congratulatory message.

Japanese Prime Minister Abe Shinzo called Modi and congratulated him for the resounding victory of his party in the elections. Modi thanked him for his wishes.

During the conversation, both leaders noted the advances made in the bilateral relationship in the last five years and reiterated their commitment towards further strengthening the India-Japan Special Strategic and Global Partnership to achieve their shared vision of peace, progress and prosperity.

The French President congratulated Modi on his electoral victory and the two leaders reaffirmed their commitment to work together towards further strengthening of the bilateral Strategic Partnership.

 Macron congratulated Modi over telephone and the two leaders reaffirmed their commitment to work together towards further strengthening of the Strategic Partnership between India and France, an official statement said.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu congratulated Modi and vowed to strengthen their “great friendship” as well as bilateral ties.

“Together we will continue to strengthen the great friendship between us and India and Israel and lead it to new heights,” Netanyahu tweeted in Hebrew, Hindi and English.

Afghan President Ashraf Ghani congratulated Modi on a strong mandate and said the government and the people of Afghanistan look forward to expanding cooperation between the two democracies in pursuit of regional cooperation, peace and prosperity for all of South Asia.

Nepalese Prime Minister K P Sharma Oli congratulated his Indian counterpart and hoped to work closely with him in future.

Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and main Opposition leader Mahinda Rajapaksa also congratulated Modi.

Bangladesh’s Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina congratulated Modi and said this “emphatic verdict is a reflection of the trust and confidence reposed on you by the people of the world’s largest democracy.”

“I strongly believe that with the renewed mandate given to both of us by our respective peoples, Bangladesh-India ties, which have already been termed as a role model of good neighbourliness, will be further consolidated and our relations will scale newer heights,” Hasina said.

Bhutan’s Prime Minister Lotay Tshering, Maldives President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, Vietnam Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc, Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong and Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison also offered heartiest congratulations to Prime Minister Modi.

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