Press Information Bureau
Government of India
Prime Minister's Office
04-February-2011 14:36 IST
PM Congratulates Prime Minister Elect Jhala Nath Khanal of Nepal
The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, has congratulated the Prime Minister of Nepal Shri Jhala Nath Khanal on his election to the office. In his message the Prime Minister said that “your election to this high office comes at a critical juncture in Nepal's history.” Dr. Manmohan Singh wished Shri Khanal well in building upon and consolidating the gains of democracy achieved by the people of Nepal.

Following is the text of the Prime Minister's congratulatory message:

“Please accept my heartiest congratulations on your election as the Prime Minister of Nepal. Your election to this high office comes at a critical juncture of Nepal’s history. On behalf of the government and people of India I have great pleasure in conveying our best wishes to Your Excellency as you build upon and consolidate the gains of democracy that have been achieved by the people of Nepal.

India attaches the highest importance to its relations with Nepal. We are close neighbours. Our relations are multifaceted and cut across a wide range of sectors. I look forward to working with you to carry our partnership forward in a way that benefits both our peoples and enables us to create a more prosperous and secure region. I have always held the belief that the potential for our cooperation is vast. India stands ready to partner Nepal to exploit this potential to its fullest on the basis of equality, mutual respect and mutual benefit.

I wish you good health and all success in the service of the friendly people of Nepal.”