Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina today felicitated Narendra Modi on the resounding victory of BJP in Lok Sabha elections, praised his “dynamic, inspiring and visionary leadership qualities” and invited him to visit her country as the first foreign destination at the earliest convenient time.
In a warm letter, Hasina said that with the kind of people’s mandate given to both of them they can work together to take the relationship to “increasingly greater heights”, reports our New Delhi correspondent.
“I am delighted to see a great friend of Bangladesh leading an extremely friendly country, India, in the coming days,” Hasina said in a letter to Modi adding: “I hope that you would find my country your second home and first destination for your official visit abroad.”
Hasina said, “The decisive verdict given by the people of your great country 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.”
Pointing out that Bangladesh and India “are natural and contiguous development partners”, Hasina said, “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.”
She said the two countries have “made significant collective strides in the bilateral relationship which must continue to move forward”.
“I firmly believe that with the mandate given to both of us by our respective peoples, we shall be able to work together to take our relationship to increasingly greater heights,” she said.
“On this historic occasion and joyous moment of your victory, I wish you and the friendly people of India all the very best,” she said.
In a separate letter to BJP President Rajnath Singh, Hasina, also chief of the ruling Awami League, said, “The magnitude of BJP’s victory is clearly reflective of the charismatic leadership quality of yours and the prime ministerial candidate of BJP Shri Narendra Modi, your top office bearers and election campaign strategists and managers, as well as the huge degree of trust and confidence that the people of India have chosen to repose in your party and in your leadership.”
The Awami League president vowed to work with BJP and the elected government of India to bring about “meaningful, tangible and positive changes in our close and friendly relations”.
She also invited Rajnath Singh to visit Bangladesh.