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PM Lee congratulates Modi on election win

Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong today (May 19) wrote to India's Prime Minister-elect Narendra Modi to congratulate him for his win in the recently-concluded elections.

SINGAPORE: Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong today (May 19) wrote to India's Prime Minister-elect Narendra Modi to congratulate him for his win in the recently-concluded elections.

Mr Modi led the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) to secure 282 seats in the 543-member parliament, the biggest victory since 1984.

"Next year, our two countries will celebrate 50 years of diplomatic relations. It is an auspicious milestone which I hope can be a springboard to raise our bilateral partnership to new heights," Mr Lee wrote. 

"I look forward to working with you to enhance our bilateral ties, and hope that you will visit Singapore at the earliest opportunity."

The full text of the letter is as follows:

"On behalf of the Government and people of Singapore, I congratulate you on your election as India’s Prime Minister.

"The BJP’s decisive victory reflects the strong support and great hopes that Indian voters have in your leadership and vision. The opportunities ahead for India are immense. I am confident that you will bring your valuable experience as Chief Minister of Gujarat to bear as you lead India to fulfill its promise.

"Singapore and India share excellent bilateral ties. Our friendship is underpinned by regular high-level exchanges and wide-ranging co-operation in many fields, including trade and investment, defence and cultural exchanges. We also cooperate closely to promote regional peace and prosperity through multinational forums. Next year, our two countries will celebrate 50 years of diplomatic relations. It is an auspicious milestone which I hope can be a springboard to raise our bilateral partnership to new heights.

 "I look forward to working with you to enhance our bilateral ties, and hope that you will visit Singapore at the earliest opportunity. I wish you every success in your new appointment."

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