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Trump, Xi, Putin, Abe, Netanyahu, others congratulate Modi

May 24, 2019

WASHINGTON/BEIJING/MOSCOW; US PRESIDENT Donald Trump, Chinese President Xi Jinping, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan 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. “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 added. 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. 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 Prime Minister 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 ties. 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 Prime Minister 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.” 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. www.thehitavada.com .


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