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How world leaders reacted to Modi's win

May 16, 2014 19:11 IST

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Foreign Heads of State and governments on Friday congratulated Bharatiya Janata Party’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi on his party’s victory in the Lok Sabha polls and said they were looking forward to working with him.

The leaders who called up Modi included Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa and prime ministers of United Kingdom, Australia and Israel. Bangladesh Premier Sheikh Hasina and opposition leader Khaleda Zia also sent messages greeting Modi.

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Congratulating Modi for a ‘great’ victory, Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa hoped that India and Sri Lanka will work closely and further strengthen their strong ties.

Pakistan PM Sharif telephoned Modi and congratulated him on his resounding victory in the general elections, which he said, he followed ‘closely’. He also invited Modi to visit Pakistan in future.

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Image: Leaders the world over congratulated Modi on his victory


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British PM David Cameron while felicitating Modi, said he was looking forward to meet Modi at an early date and extended an invitation to him to visit UK.

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

During his telephonic conversation, Israeli prime minister said he was looking forward to work with Modi and enhance bilateral cooperation.

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Image: UK PM David Cameron plays cricket during his visit to the country in 2010.
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China also said it is willing to work with the new Indian government to take their bilateral strategic partnership to a new height. “China is willing to make joint efforts with new Indian government, maintain high level exchanges, deepen cooperation in all areas and bring the 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.

Reaching out to Modi in a warm letter, Bangladesh Premier Hasina said that with the kind of people’s mandate given to their respective parties they can work together to take the bilateral relationship to ‘increasingly greater heights’. “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.

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.”


Image: Bangladesh PM Sheikh Hasina wrote a congratulatory letter to Modi and said she hoped for better ties with India.
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