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World leaders congratulate new Indian President Murmu

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Draupadi Murmu is the country’s first tribal head of state and the second woman in this position

Draupadi Murmu is the country’s first tribal head of state and the second woman in this position

Several world leaders, including the presidents of Russia, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and Nepal, congratulated India’s new president Draupadi Murmu, who took office on July 25, and expressed their desire to work with her to strengthen the multifaceted ties of their respective countries with India.

Ms Murmu, India’s youngest president and the first to be born after independence, was sworn in on July 25. She is the country’s first tribal head of state and the second woman to hold that position.

Russian President Vladimir Putin also congratulated Ms. Murmu and expressed the hope that she will further encourage productive bilateral cooperation.

“We attach great importance to the relations of a special privileged strategic partnership with India,” Putin said.

“I hope that your activities as head of state will promote the further development of Russian-Indian political dialogue and productive cooperation in various fields for the benefit of our friendly nations and in the interests of stability and ‘strengthened international security,’ he said in his July 24 message.

Sri Lanka’s newly appointed President Ranil Wickremesinghe congratulated Ms Murmu, recalling the close ties between the two nations and stressing that her leadership provides “new impetus” to joint efforts to maintain and strengthen the cordial ties they enjoy.

“Your appointment to this primary responsibility in one of the greatest democracies speaks to the confidence the government and people have placed in your caliber and political acumen,” Wickremesinghe wrote in his message.

The President of Bangladesh, Mr. Abdul Hamid, said he looked forward to working with her to advance mutual interests and strive for development, peace and prosperity in the region.

He said Bangladesh-India relations are rooted in shared history and culture, mutual trust and respect, long-standing friendship and continued cooperation.

“The invaluable support of the government and people of India during our war of liberation in 1971 marked a turning point in our relationship. Today, our cooperation spans a range of areas including trade, connectivity, water resources management , energy, border management and security,” Mr. Hamid said.

Maldivian President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih congratulated Ms Murmu on her “historic election”.

“His abilities and experience will undoubtedly lead India to greater heights. I look forward to furthering the close relations between the Maldives and India under his leadership,” he tweeted last week.

Nepalese President Bidya Devi Bhandari conveyed her well wishes to Mrs. Murmu and expressed her confidence in the cooperation between the two countries which will reach new heights during her tenure.

Nepali Prime Minister Sher Bahadur Deuba tweeted: “On behalf of the government and people of Nepal, I would like to extend my warmest congratulations to Smt Draupadi Murmu on his election as the 15th President of India. I am confident that the excellent bilateral relations between Nepal and India will see new heights in the days to come.”

Britain also sent its greetings to the President and expressed confidence that India-UK relations will “grow stronger” under his tenure.

Lord Tariq Ahmad, Minister of State in the Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) for South Asia and the Commonwealth, took to Twitter on July 22 to send his “ badhai” in Devanagari script to the new Indian head of state. The tweet follows the former governor of Jharkhand’s confirmation as president-elect.

With outgoing Prime Minister Boris Johnson having now technically left office after his farewell address to Parliament last week, ahead of the election of a new Prime Minister in early September, 10 Downing Street said Lord Ahmad’s tweet from last week was the official British government. congratulatory message for the new indian president.

Ahmad is the official minister in charge of Indian affairs and sent the message in his capacity as minister for South Asia.