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World leaders greet PM on AL’s landslide polls victory

DHAKA, World leaders, including Chinese President Xi Jinping and Prime Minister Li Keqiang and Indian Premier Narendra Modi, today

extended their heartfelt congratulations to Bangladesh Premier and Awami

League President Sheikh Hasina on securing her party's absolute majority in

the 11th parliamentary elections.

Other leaders who extended their greetings to the Bangladesh premier were

Bhutanese King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck, Palestinian President Mahmoud

Abbas, Nepalese Prime Minister Khadga Prasad Sharma Oli and Bhutanese Prime

Minister Lotay Tshering.

Besides, India's West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and Tripura

Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb also phoned Bangladesh Premier and Awami

League President Sheikh Hasina.

PM's Press Secretary Ihsanul Karim said Indian Prime Minister Narendra

Modi was the first head of state or government who phoned Bangladesh Premier

and Awami League President Sheikh Hasina today and extended his heartfelt

congratulations to her on securing her party's absolute majority in the 11th

parliamentary elections.

Chinese Ambassador in Dhaka Zhang Zuo handed over the congratulatory

messages of Chinese President Xi Jinping and Prime Minister Li Keqiang to

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at her official Ganabhaban residence here this

afternoon, the press secretary told BSS.

While handing over congratulatory messages to the premier, Karim said, the

Chinese ambassador highly appreciated Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina's

leadership for development of Bangladesh and hoped that her Vision2021 will

be materialised and the country will be turned into a middle income country

by 2021 under her dynamic leadership.

He also hoped that Bangladesh will be able to bring down poverty rate to

zero soon due to the farsighted programmes of Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina.

Zhang Zuo expressed hope that the strategic and mutual cooperation between

the two countries will continue.

The Chinese envoy paid tributes to Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh

Mujibur Rahman, terming him as a great leader of the world.

The prime minister thanked the Chinese president and premier for

congratulating her and appreciated continued support of Beijing for

development of Bangladesh.

Describing China as a great friend of Bangladesh, Sheikh Hasina expects

more investment from China during her next fiveyear tenure.

Bangabandhu's younger daughter Sheikh Rehana, Sheikh Hasina's daughter

Saima Wazed Putul, PM's Principal Secretary Md Nojibur Rahman, Military

Secretary Mia Mohammad Zainul Abedin and PMO Secretary Sajjadul Hassan were

present on the occasion.

The Indian premier phoned Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at about 10:30 am

and congratulated her, the Awami League and the people of Bangladesh on

securing her party's absolute majority in the national elections held on

Sunday, the press secretary said.

The victory of the Awami League in the polls is a reflection of stunning

development that Bangladesh attained under your dynamic leadership, Modi

said.

The Indian prime minister assured that his country will continue to support

Bangladesh's development efforts like the past, the press secretary said.

Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina also greeted Narendra Modi and the people of

his country.

She thanked the Indian premier for making phone and said he is the first

head of state or government who congratulated her after her party's landslide

victory in Sunday's parliamentary elections.

The press secretary said the Bhutanese King sent a message congratulating Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on securing her party's absolute majority in the national elections held on Sunday.

Jigme Khesar expressed the hope that the relations between the two countries will be further strengthened during the next fiveyear tenure of the Bangladesh prime minister.

Ihsanul Karim said the Nepalese premier phoned Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina this evening and congratulated her, the Awami League and the people of Bangladesh on securing her party's absolute majority in the national elections held on Sunday.

During the telephonic conversation, he said, the two premiers reaffirmed that the two countries will work together for further bolstering bilateral relations and cooperation.

The press secretary said the Palestine president phoned Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at about 6 pm and congratulated her, the Awami League and the people of Bangladesh on securing her party's absolute majority in the national elections held on Sunday.

During the sevenminute conversation, he said, the prime minister also greeted president Mahmoud Abbas and the people of Palestine.

Sheikh Hasina reiterated that Bangladesh will continue its support to the cause of Palestine and will always stand by its people.

The Palestine president invited Sheikh Hasina to visit Palestine, the press secretary said, adding that the prime minister also reciprocated the invitation.

Ihsanul Karim said the Bhutanese premier phoned Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina at about 1:30 pm and congratulated her, the Awami League and the people of Bangladesh on securing her party's absolute majority in the national elections held on Sunday.

During the telephonic conversation, he said, the two prime ministers expressed hope that the friendly relations and cooperation between the two countries will be strengthened further in the days to come.

Governor of Meghalaya Tathagata Roy also congratulated Bangladesh Premier and Awami League President Sheikh Hasina on securing her party's absolute majority in the 11th parliamentary elections.

Source: Bangladesh Sangbad Sangstha (BSS)