Leaders from P-5 congratulate Modi on third-term victory

Leaders from the US, Russia, the UK, and France congratulate Prime Minister Narendra Modi on his third-term victory

June 6, 2024

Russian President Vladimir Putin was the first P5 leader to telephone Modi, acknowledging India's political and socio-economic achievements

Sri Lankan President and Prime Ministers of Nepal, Bangladesh, and Mauritius have been invited to the swearing-in ceremony on June 8, 2024

US President Biden and French President Macron highlight growing bilateral relations and future collaborations

Congratulations also poured in from Germany, the Netherlands, Japan, Italy, Singapore, Malaysia, Denmark, Israel, Iran, Indonesia, Taiwan, South Korea, and Caribbean nations

Leaders from four of the five permanent members of the UN Security Council—the US, Russia, France, and the UK—congratulated Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday for securing a historic third term after the BJP-led National Democratic Alliance won the Lok Sabha elections. This global recognition of Modi’s win underscores the international significance of the election. US President Joe Biden, Russian President Vladimir Putin, and UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak phoned Modi to extend their congratulations, while French President Emmanuel Macron sent a congratulatory message. Putin was the first to call Modi among the P5 leaders.

Meanwhile, the leaders of Sri Lanka, Nepal, Bangladesh, Mauritius, and Bhutan have been invited to the swearing-in ceremony, likely on June 8. Biden praised Modi and the National Democratic Alliance for their victory and recognised the significance of the nearly 650 million voters in the historic election. He also highlighted the growing friendship and shared future between the nations, a positive outcome of Modi’s win. The Kremlin’s readout mentioned Putin’s warm congratulations, emphasizing the support for India’s political direction and the recognition of its socio-economic achievements and international standing. The statement also noted the satisfaction with the strategic partnership between Russia and India, agreeing to continue their constructive personal interactions.

Sunak posted on X about his conversation with Modi, expressing enthusiasm for the thriving friendship between the UK and India. Macron celebrated the conclusion of the world’s largest elections and expressed his eagerness to strengthen the strategic partnership between France and India. German Chancellor Olaf Scholz sent a congratulatory message, and Netherlands Prime Minister Mark Rutte called Modi to congratulate him.

Around 50 leaders, including the prime ministers of Japan, Italy, Singapore, Malaysia, Denmark, Israel, and the presidents of Iran, Indonesia, Taiwan, and South Korea, along with various leaders from the Caribbean and India’s immediate neighbours, congratulated Modi on his victory. Italian Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni emphasised the continuation of strengthening India-Italy ties and cooperation on various issues.

Modi is invited to the G7 Summit in Italy on June 14-15. Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson Mao Ning noted the election results and expressed China’s willingness to work with India to promote healthy and stable relations, which benefit both nations and regional peace.

Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina lauded Modi’s electoral success in a letter. Mauritius Prime Minister Pravind Kumar Jugnauth congratulated Modi, highlighting the special relationship between Mauritius and India. Maldives President Mohamed Muizzu also sent a message indicating a normalisation of bilateral relations after a period of tension.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu expressed hopes for India and Israel’s continued strong partnership. Taiwan President Lai Ching-te looked forward to enhancing the Taiwan-India partnership, focusing on trade and technology. Iran’s interim President Mohammad Mokhber wanted to expand ties during Modi’s third term. Leaders from Nigeria, Kenya, and Comoros also sent their congratulations.

Source: Economic Times

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