Prime Minister Narendra Modi called his Bangladeshi counterpart Sheikh Hasina today and conveyed his heartiest congratulations on her party's decisive victory in the parliamentary elections.
The Ministry of External Affairs said that PM Modi has expressed confidence that the partnership between India and Bangladesh will continue to flourish under Sheikh Hasina's "far-sighted" leadership.
Sheikh Hasina also thanked Prime Minister Modi for being the first leader to call her to convey his congratulations.
"The PM 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 Ministry of External Affairs said in a statement.
The ministry further said that the conversation was very cordial, fully reflecting the close and traditionally friendly relations between India and Bangladesh.
It said India warmly congratulated the people of Bangladesh for reaffirming their faith in democracy, development and the vision of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman.
"PM Sheikh Hasina thanked Prime Minister for being the first leader to call her to convey congratulations. She also thanked India for their consistent and generous support which has benefited Bangladesh's development, and appreciated PM's reiteration of this commitment," the statement said.
Sheikh Hasina's party Awami League emerged victorious in the elections, winning over 267 seats in the 300-member House, the country's Election Commission (EC) declared.
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