World Leaders congratulate new Indian PM

World leaders have congratulated India’s prime minister-elect Narendra Modi.

United States President Barack Obama on Friday called up Indian prime minister-designate Narendra Modi and congratulated him on his “emphatic election victory”, officials said.

Mr Obama joined a number of world leaders including British Prime Minister David Cameron, Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, Afghan President Hamid Karzai, Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa, Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu who have congratulated the Bharatiya Janata Party leader on the overwhelming win in the general elections.

US secretary of state John Kerry congratulated Mr Modi for his triumph in the mammoth election on his official Twitter account.

“Look forward to working w/you/growing shared prosperity/security w/world’s largest democracy”, Mr Kerry posted on Twitter.

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In his congratulatory message, Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbot hoped that his country and India will work closely to further strengthen the bilateral ties. He further said that he was looking forward to meet Modi during the upcoming G-20 Summit to be held in Australia. 

The G-20 Summit is scheduled to be held in Brisbane in November.

Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina and opposition BNP chief Khaleda Zia have congratulated Modi. Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapaksa telephoned Modi to wish him and extended an invitation to the BJP’s prime ministerial nominee to visit the island-nation. “I am delighted to see a great friend of Bangladesh leading an extremely friendly country, India, in the coming days,” Hasina said in her letter to Modi, BJP’s prime ministerial candidate. “I hope that you would find my country your second home and first destination for your official visit abroad,” she said.

“China is willing to make joint efforts with new Indian government, maintain high level exchanges, deepen cooperation in all areas and bring China-India strategic partnership to new height,” Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying told reporters in Beijing in response to a question on BJP’s victory in the elections.

Hasina said “the decisive verdict given by the people of your great country is a strong testimony to your dynamic, inspiring and visionary leadership qualities and manifestation of the trust and confidence reposed in you by the people of the largest democracy in the world.”

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