Update December 31, 2018

Dhaka 2-45 am, 14-August, 2020

Modi phones Sheikh Hasina, greets for AL’s reelection

Mirajul Moin Joy

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Monday congratulated Awami League President Sheikh Hasina on her party’s third consecutive win with absolute majority in Bangladesh’s 11the national election.

Her party secured two-thirds majority in Sunday’s election.

“The Indian Prime Minister phoned his counterpart Sheikh Hasina at about 10:30 am and congratulated her, the Awami League and the people of Bangladesh after her party’s win with absolute majority in the national election held on Sunday,” PM’s Press Secretary IhsanulKarim said.

“The victory of the Awami League in the polls is the reflection of stunning development that Bangladesh attained under your dynamic leadership,” Modi said.

The Press Secretary mentioned that the Indian Prime Minister assured that his country will continue to support Bangladesh’s development efforts as in the past.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina also thanked the Indian Prime Minister for making the phone call and said he is the first head of state or government who congratulated her after her party’s landslide victory in Sunday’s parliamentary elections.

She also thanked India for their consistent and generous support which has benefited Bangladesh’s development, and appreciated Modi’s reiteration of this commitment.

In a statement said, the Indian Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said Prime Minister Modi expressed confidence that the partnership between Bangladesh and India will continue to flourish under her far-sighted leadership.

“We welcome the successful completion of the parliamentary elections in Bangladesh. India warmly congratulates the people of Bangladesh for reaffirming their faith in democracy, development and the vision of Bangabandhu Sheikh MujiburRahman,” said the MEA.

Modi also reiterated the priority India attaches to Bangladesh as a neighbour, a close partner for regional development, security and cooperation, and a central pillar in India’s ‘’Neighbourhood First” policy.

“The conversation was very cordial, fully reflecting the close and traditionally friendly relations between India and Bangladesh,” said the MEA.

Meanwhile, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee congratulated Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

“Heartiest congratulations to Sheikh HasinaJi on the victory in the Bangladesh General Election,” she tweeted.

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