PM-Elect Tweets Thanks to Global Lead­ers; No Men­tion of Sharif

The Economic Times - - Pure Politics -

BJP’s PM-des­ig­nate Naren­dra Modi has thanked most global lead­ers, in­clud­ing Amer­i­can, Rus­sian and Ja­panese heads of govern­ment who con­grat­u­lated him but there was no men­tion of Pak­istan pre­mier Nawaz Sharif who called him up af­ter Modi’s elec­toral suc­cess. In in­di­vid­ual twit­ter mes­sages Modi thanked US pres­i­dent Barack Obama and Sec­re­tary of State John Kerry, Rus­sian pres­i­dent Vladimir Putin, Ja­panese pre­mier Shinzo Abe, Nepal pres­i­dent Ram Baran Ya­dav and PM S u s h i l Ko i r a l a , Ge r man Chan­cel­lor An­gela Merkel, French pres­i­dent Hol­lande, Cana­dian PM Stephen Harper, South African pres­i­dent Ja­cob Z u ma a n d S p a n i s h P M Mar­i­ano Ra­joy. In­ter­est­ingly his tweets on US came hours af­ter he tweeted on Rus­sia and Ja­pan and other coun­tries. But there was no men­tion on twit­ter about any mes­sages to Pak­istani PM Nawaz Sharif. The Pak­istan PM had tele­phoned Modi and in­vited him to visit Is­lam­abad. “I n o u r c o nve r s a t i o n , @ Barack­Obama & I talked about fur­ther strength­en­ing In­dia-USA strate­gic part­ner­ship that will help both na­tions,” Modi tweeted. Obama had in­vited the PM des­ig­nate to visit the US. Within hours of the elec­tion re­sults on May 16, the US de­clared lift­ing of ban on visa for Modi. “Thank you Mr Kerry. We will strengthen re­la­tions be­tween our 2 vi­brant democ­ra­cies in the years to come,” Modi wrote in re­ply to Kerry’s twit­ter mes­sage. The new In­dian Ex­ter­nal Af­fairs Min­is­ter will travel to Wash­ing­ton later this year for an­nual Strate­gic Di­a­logue with Kerry. It is well known that Modi shares ex­cel­lent re­la­tions with Ja­pan and had vis­ited the East Asian coun­try as the Gu­jarat Chief Min­is­ter. He had also vis­ited Rus­sia thrice. “I thank Pres­i­dent Putin for his good wishes. Look­ing for­ward to mak­ing our re­la­tions with Rus­sia even stronger in the years to come,” Modi wrote in his tweet on Mon­day. Un­der­lin­ing the spe­cial ties with Moscow, Modi wrote, “In­dia-Rus­sia friend­ship has stood the test of time. We will fur­ther strengthen our re­la­tions in a wide range of fields”. On Ja­pan he wrote, “My grat­i­tude to Prime Min­is­ter @ AbeShinzo for ex­tend­ing his good wishes. Strong re­la­tions with Ja­pan is ben­e­fi­cial for both our na­tions.” “Per­son­ally, I have a won­der­ful ex­pe­ri­ence of work­ing with Ja­pan as CM. I am sure we will take In­di­aJa­pan ties to newer heights,” said an­other tweet.

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