Sheikh Hasina thanks PM Modi for being the first international leader to call her to congratulate her on victory in Elections

India has congratulated Bangladesh on the successful completion of the Parliamentary elections in Bangladesh in which PM Sheikh Hasina has come back to power again.

Sheikh Hasina-led Awami League and allies have won 287 out of 298 seats. Opposition is claiming that the election was rigged.

But India, which enjoys strong relations with Bangladesh, has ‘warmly congratulates the people of Bangladesh for reaffirming their faith in democracy, development and the vision of Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman’, a statement by India’s Ministry of External Affairs said.

The statement also says that Prime Minister Narendra Modi has telephoned Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina earlier this morning to convey his heartiest congratulations on the decisive results of the election. He had also expressed confidence that the partnership between India and Bangladesh will continue to flourish under her far-sighted leadership. PM 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.

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PM Sheikh Hasina then thanked Prime Minister Narendra Modi 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 conversation was very cordial, fully reflecting the close and traditionally friendly relations between India and Bangladesh.

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