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Xi, Putin, Netanyahu and other leaders congratulate Modi on election win

Congratulatory messages poured in from Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and other countries

Lok Sabha Elections 2019  |  Xi Jinping  |  China

Press Trust of India  |  Beijing/Moscow 

Narendra Modi
Narendra Modi

Chinese President Xi Jinping, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Israeli Prime Minister were among top world leaders who congratulated Prime Minister on Thursday on his impressive victory in the general elections as they vowed to work with him to bolster the bilateral ties.

Netanyahu became the first world leader to congratulate Modi and vowed to strengthen their "great friendship" as well as bilateral ties.

"The election results are a re-approval of your leadership and the way you lead the world's greatest democracy. Together we will continue to strengthen the great friendship between us and India and and lead it to new heights," Netanyahu tweeted in Hebrew, Hindi and English.

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

"On the occasion of the National Democratic Alliance winning the 17th Lok Sabha election of India under your leadership, I would like to extend my heart-felt congratulations," Xi wrote in a letter to Modi.

As important neighbours to each other, and India are the two largest developing countries and emerging economies in the world. In recent years, China-India relations have shown strong momentum of development under the joint efforts of both sides, according to the letter.

"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 said.

His message congratulating Modi even before the official announcement of results came as a surprise, as normally by practice and protocol, the Chinese leadership greets leaders of other countries after the official results are declared.

Considering the bonhomie and friendship between Xi and Modi, who met numerous times in the last few years and had their first informal summit at Wuhan last year, officials said that Xi did not wait for an official declaration of the polls due to the strong showing of the NDA.

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 and India," Putin said in a congratulatory message.

The Russian leader expressed his readiness to continue fruitful personal contacts with Prime Minister Modi and to work together to build up the full range of bilateral relations and constructive interaction in international affairs, the Kremlin said in a statement.

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.

"I extend warmest congratulations to Prime Minister @narendramodi ji for landslide election victory in the I wish all success ahead. I look forward to working closely with you," he tweeted.

Sri Lankan

Narendra Modi

President Maithripala Sirisena, Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe and main Opposition leader Mahinda Rajapaksa congratulated Prime Minister Modi on his victory in the elections.

"Congratulations on your victory and the people's re-endorsement of you leadership," Sirisena tweeted.

"I have immense pleasure in extending to you my warmest congratulations and sincere best wishes on the victory of the BJP," Wickremesinghe's message of congratulations said.

Finance Minister Mangala Samaraweera interrupted his speech in Parliament to offer congratulations to Prime Minister Modi. Several other lawmakers in Sri Lankan Parliament offered best wishes to the Indian leader.

Bangladesh's Foreign Minister Dr AK Abdul Momen said Dhaka's ties with Modi's party was excellent and "we hope our development will be expedited, if Modi government comes to power again."

Momen said Prime Minister Modi was the first foreign leader who called his Bangladesh counterpart soon after the re-election of her ruling Awami League in the last election.

He said Dhaka would like to see a strong stable Indian government in its own interest to spearhead its development spree.

Bhutan's Prime Minister Lotay Tshering offered heartiest congratulations to Prime Minister Modi on the election victory.

"As we look forward to working closely in years to come, we pray India achieves greater success under your leadership," Tshering tweeted.

Prime Minister Modi led his Bharatiya Janata Party towards what looks set to be a resounding victory for a second term in office.

With the elections establishing 68-year-old Modi as the most popular leader in decades in India, the partial vote count released by the Election Commission showed that was expected to surpass its 2014 performance.

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First Published: Thu, May 23 2019. 16:31 IST