New Delhi: World leaders, including the Chinese and Russian Presidents on Thursday congratulated Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the Bharatiya Janata Party’s (BJP) victory in the Lok Sabha elections.

“From a long standing friend! Russian President Putin has sent a congratulatory message to PM and has confirmed his readiness to work together to build the full range of bilateral relations and constructive interaction in international affairs,” External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said in a tweet.

Chinese President Xi Jinping in a letter to Modi noted the “great importance” he attached to the development of Sino-India relations and his desire to work with the Indian leader to take the development partnership between the two countries to a new height. Sri Lankan President Maithripala Sirisena tweeted: “Congratulations on your victory and the peoples re-endorsement of your leadership. Sri Lanka looks forward to continuing the warm and constructive relationship with India.”

Nepali Prime Minister K P Sharma Oli wished Modi “all success ahead” and said, “I look forward to working closely with you.” Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan Thursday congratulated his Indian counterpart Narendra Modi on his victory in the general elections and expressed desire to work with him for peace, progress and prosperity in the region.

Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina wished “peace, happiness and prosperity for the people of India”. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu congratulated Modi and vowed to strengthen their “great friendship” as well as bilateral ties. “Heartfelt congratulations, my friend @Narendramodi, on your impressive victory in the elections,” he tweeted in Hebrew.

Maldivian President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih said it was “a strong affirmation of the Indian people’s confidence in the BJP- led government. I look forward to closer and enhanced ties”. Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe called Modi and both leaders reiterated their commitment towards strengthening the India-Japan special strategic and global partnership, said the Ministry spokesperson.

Meanwhile, Indian expats in UAE rejoice over LS poll trends. As the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi appeared set to retain power for a second term, jubilant Indian expats in the UAE welcomed the mandate saying “India has won”.

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