File photo of Narendra Modi
File photo of Narendra Modi

Modi talks to leaders of neighbouring countries on New Year

NetIndian News Network

New Delhi, January 1, 2020

On the occasion of the New Year, Prime Minister Narendra Modi today had telephone conversations King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck and Prime Minister Lotay Tshering of Bhutan, Sri Lankan President Gotabaya Rajapaksa and Prime Minister Mahinda Rajapaksa, Maldives President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih and Prime Ministers Sheikh Hasina of Nepal and K P Sharma Oli of Nepal.

Modi conveyed to the leaders his New Year greetings and good wishes on behalf of the people of India and on his own behalf. He emphasized India’s commitment to the "Neighbourhood First" policy and the vision of shared peace, security, prosperity and progress for all of India’s friends and partners in the region.

In his conversation with the King of Bhutan, the Prime Minister highlighted important achievements of the last year which have led to the further consolidation of the special ties between India and Bhutan. He fondly recalled his last visit to Bhutan and the love and affection he received from the people there. He also emphasized the need to enhance youth exchanges between the two countries. The Prime Minister also mentioned that he was looking forward to the coming visit of the King to India.

President Rajapaksa warmly reciprocated the wishes of Prime Minister and expressed confidence that India and Sri Lanka would further enhance their friendly ties in the year 2020. The two leaders reiterated their commitment to closely work together towards this end.

Modi reiterated India’s commitment to further expand the close and extensive cooperation with Sri Lanka. Rajapaksa reciprocated the wishes warmly and expressed keen desire to further enhance relations between the two countries.

Modi wished the President of the Maldives and the people of the Maldives success in all their endeavours for development. Solih warmly reciprocated Prime Minister’s wishes and expressed his keen desire to further deepen and strengthen the ties with India by enhancing the existing bilateral cooperation and exploring newer areas for working together.

Speaking with Sheikh Hasina, Modi congratulated her on being re-elected as the President of the Awami League for the next three years. He also condoled the death of former High Commissioner of Bangladesh to India Syed Muazzem Ali.

The Prime Minister noted the progress achieved in India-Bangladesh relations in 2019. He also stated that the coming birth-centenary of Bangabandhu and 50 years of the Liberation of Bangladesh and establishment of bilateral diplomatic ties provided important milestones to further progress of the close India-Bangladesh ties, which is a priority of his Government.

In his conversation with Prime Minister Oli, Modi expressed his satisfaction at the progress of India-Nepal relations in 2019, with the completion of several projects. He specifically noted the completion of Motihari (India)- Amlekhgunj (Nepal) petroleum products pipeline in record time.

Both the leaders also agreed for an early inauguration of the Integrated Check Post in Biratnagar and the housing reconstruction project in Nepal through video conference.