Ahmedabad: Foreign Heads of State and government today congratulated BJP's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi on his party's victory in the Lok Sabha polls and said they were looking forward to working with him. The leaders who called up Modi included Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa and prime ministers of UK, Australia and Israel.

"I've spoken to @narendramodi and congratulated him on his success. I look forward to strengthening ties between India and Australia," Tony Abbott tweeted Friday in his official PM account congratulating Modi.

According to Radio Australia, Abbott has invited Modi to visit Australia for the G20 Summit to be held in Brisbane in November.

Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif telephoned Modi and expressed his best wishes, Radio Pakistan reported.

Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina
Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. File Pic

Congratulating Modi for a "great" victory, Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa hoped that India and Sri Lanka will work closely and further strengthen their strong ties. 

Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina Friday congratulated BJP president Rajnath Singh and the party's prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi for the party's landslide victory in the Indian general elections.

In a letter to the BJP president, she also invited him to visit Bangladesh.

"On behalf of Bangladesh Awami League (BNP) and my own behalf, it gives me great pleasure in heartily congratulating you and the members of your party on your landslide victory,” Hasina said.

"The magnitude of victory is clearly reflective of the charismatic leadership quality of yours and the prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, your top office bearers and election campaign strategists and managers, as well as the huge degree of trust and confidence that the people of India have chosen to repose in your party and in your leadership," the statement said.

Her statement also praised Atal Bihari Vajpayee for his visionary leadership.

"The historic relationship between our two parties dates back decades," she said.

“The people of Bangladesh were thankful for the unprecedented degree of support and all-round assistance extended by the people of India to us during our Liberation War," she added.

During his telephonic conversation, Israeli Prime Minister said he was looking forward to work with Modi and enhance bilateral cooperation.

China also said it is willing to work with the new Indian government to take their bilateral strategic partnership to a new height.

"China is willing to make joint efforts with new Indian government, maintain high level exchanges, deepen cooperation in all areas and bring China-India strategic partnership to new height," Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying told reporters in Beijing in response to a question on BJP's victory in the elections.