TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Iran’ Foreign Ministry Spokeswoman Marziyeh Afkham congratulated the Indian nation, government and political parties on the successful holding of the recent general elections.
In a statement released on Saturday, Afkham wished good luck for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leaders who won a landslide victory in the country’s parliamentary elections and expressed the hope that Tehran-New Delhi “cordial ties” would strengthen the relations between the two nations.
She also hoped that the cooperation between Tehran and New Delhi would be further expanded via opening up new opportunities.
India’s general elections, described as the world’s biggest democratic exercise, came to a close with results showing a comfortable win for the BJP. Many of its top leaders, including prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi, won their seats.
There was a record turnout in India’s election, with 66.38 percent of the 814 million eligible voters casting ballots during the six-week contest, which began April 7 and was held in stages across the country.
On Friday, outgoing Prime Minister Manmohan Singh congratulated BJP’s prime ministerial candidate Narendra Modi for leading his party to victory in the Lok Sabha election.
Modi is set to succeed Manmohan Singh as the country’s 14th prime minister.
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