BSS-47 World leaders greet PM on AL’s landslide polls victory

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World leaders greet PM on AL’s landslide polls victory

DHAKA, Dec 31, 2018 (BSS) – 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 Vision-2021 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 five-year 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.

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