New Delhi, Feb 10 IBNS | 10 months ago

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Monday congratulated Nepal Prime Minister Sushil Koirala on his election.

Singh in his message said Koirala's election as the Prime Minister represented an important milestone in consolidating the democratic gains in political transition in Nepal.

In his message, Singh said, "On behalf of the Government and people of India, please accept my warm felicitations 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."

"I am confident that your wise leadership and guidance will further strengthen stability and economic development in Nepal, and foster a climate for promulgation of a new Constitution on the basis of the widest possible consensus and reflecting the will of all sections of the people of your nation," Singh said.

Singh said India attaches highest importance to its relations with Nepal.

"As close neighbours with a unique relationship and deep links across all walks of life, our fortunes are closely intertwined. We in India, therefore, not only share the aspirations of the people of Nepal for stability, democracy and prosperity, but also remain steadfast in our support to the Government and people of Nepal in their endeavours to pursue that goal. We will therefore continue to seek further deepening of this partnership between our two countries for the benefit of our people and our region," he said.

Singh said, "As you enter the high office at a critical juncture in your nation's history, I convey my best wishes for your success, your personal health and well being and peace and prosperity for the people of Nepal. I also take this opportunity to extend a warm and cordial invitation to you to visit India at your convenience."

Koirala was elected as the Prime Minister of Nepal n Monday with the help of CPN-UML.

In the 601-member Constituent Assembly, the Nepali Congress leader was elected with 405 votes in his favour.

(Posted on 10-02-2014)

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