Make Dhaka first stop: Hasina tells Modi

May 17, 2014 12:23 am | Updated May 23, 2016 04:53 pm IST - DHAKA:

Both the government and the major opposition party have congratulated Narendra Modi following BJP’s resounding electoral victory in the India’s 16th Lok Sabha elections.

Congratulating Mr. Modi, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina has expressed the hope that they both will work together to take the India-Bangladesh ties to “increasingly greater heights.”

In a letter to Mr. Modi, quoted by a section of the media, the Bangladesh leader said the decisive verdict given by the people of India “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.”

The Prime Minister also termed India and Bangladesh “natural and contiguous development partners,” saying, “Our shared history and culture…our inseparable bond of friendship was permanently cemented when the entire political leadership and the people of India provided unprecedented support to our historic War of Liberation in 1971.”

In a reference to the landmark development in the bilateral relations in recent years, Ms. Hasina said that the two countries have “made significant collective strides in the bilateral relationship” and stressed that the warmth “must continue to move forward.”

Ms. Hasina also quoted by the media as inviting Mr. Modi to visit Bangladesh as his “first destination.”

Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) chief Begum Khaleda Zia was quick to congratulate Mr Mr. Modi.BNP’s main ally, the fundamentalist Jamaat-e-Islami also greeted Mr. Modi on his victory.

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