Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh congratulated Nepal’s new Prime Minister Sushil Koirala after his election Monday. Manmohan Singh, in his message, said Koirala’s election as prime minister represented an important milestone in consolidating the democratic gains in Nepal’s political transition.

The Indian prime minister was the first head of government/state to send a congratulatory message to Koirala who was elected to the post of prime minister through parliamentary voting.

“On behalf of the government and people of India, please accept my warm felicitation on your election to the high office of prime minister of Nepal. Your election represents one more important milestone in consolidating and institutionalising recent democratic gains in the course of the political transition in Nepal,” Manmohan Singh said.

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