The new year, PM Modi speaks with leaders from neighboring countries

NEW DELHI: on the occasion of the Prime Minister Narendra Modi On Wednesday he had a telephone conversation with the leaders of neighboring countries, emphasizing India's commitment to ‘’ policy.

Prime Minister Modi spoke with Druk Gyalpo of Bhutan, his Bhutanese counterpart Lyonchhen Lotay Tshering, the president of Sri Lanka, Gotabaya Rajapaksa, and the prime minister. Mahinda Rajapaksa , Maldives President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, Prime Minister of Bangladesh Sheikh Hasina & Nepal PM KP Sharma Oli.

The Prime Minister conveyed to the leaders his New Year greetings & good wishes on behalf of the people of India & on his own behalf. He emphasized the vision of shared peace, security, prosperity & progress for all of India’s friends & 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 further consolidation of special ties between India & Bhutan . PM Modi fondly recalled his last visit to Bhutan & the love & affection he received from the people there. He also emphasized the need to enhance youth exchanges between the two countries. The PM also mentioned that he was looking forward to forthcoming visit of the Bhutan ese King to India.

President of Sri Lanka Gotabaya Rajapaksa warmly reciprocated the wishes of Modi & expressed confidence that India & 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.

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

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

Speaking with his Bangladesh counterpart Sheikh Hasina , PM Modi congratulated her on being re-elected as the President of the Awami League for the next three years. He also expressed his condolence on the untimely demise of former High Commissioner of Bangladesh to India Syed Muazzem Ali. The PM noted the progress achieved in India-Bangladesh relations in 2019. He also stated that the upcoming birth-centenary of Bangbandhu & 50 years of the Liberation of Bangladesh & 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 a record time. Both the leaders also agreed for an early inauguration of the Integrated Check Post in Biratnagar & the housing reconstruction project in Nepal through video conference.

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