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President congratulates Nepal’s Bidhya Devi Bhandari

India's Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee poses for pictures after the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) meeting in New Delhi June 15, 2012. India's ruling Congress party UPA named Finance Minister Mukherjee as its nominee for president on Friday, capping a week of political turmoil that exposed the fragility of a coalition government that has lurched between crises as the economy sputters. REUTERS/B Mathur (INDIA - Tags: POLITICS BUSINESS)

New Delhi, Oct. 29 : President Pranab Mukherjee on Thursday congratulated Bidhya Devi Bhandari on her election as the President of Nepal.

“Please accept on behalf of the people and Government of India and on my own behalf, warm felicitations on your election as President of Nepal,” President Mukherjee said in his message.

“Your election comes at a critical juncture in Nepal’s history. I am confident that under your guidance, the country will move towards peace, stability and development by accommodating the aspirations of all the Nepalese people,” he added.

President Mukherjee said India attaches the highest priority to further development of close and multi-faceted relationship with Nepal.

“As a close friend and neighbour, India will continue to extend all possible assistance and cooperation in accordance with the priorities and wishes of the government and people of Nepal,” President Mukherjee said.

“I look forward to working with you towards further strengthening the understanding and cooperation between our two countries. I would also like to avail of this opportunity to convey my best wishes for your personal health and well-being,” he added. (ANI)