“Certain practical aspects of the bilateral ties were touched upon as well, including the joint effort in fighting the coronavirus infection pandemic,” according to a Russian government.
The two leaders confirmed mutual commitment to further boost the multifaceted Russian-Indian relations in the framework of the declaration on strategic partnership that turns 20 this year. Putin also extended warm congratulations on the prime minister’s 70th birthday.
“Narendra Modi thanked Vladimir Putin for extending felicitations [on his 70th birthday] and expressed satisfaction with the work that Russia carries out as the current chair of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization and BRICS,” the statement noted, adding that further contacts were also agreed.
This is the second time that the two leaders had spoken since July. The two leaders share a warm personal chemistry.
Earlier in a letter to Modi, Putin said, “Kindly accept my heartfelt congratulations on your 70th birth anniversary.”
Praising Modi, Putin said his activity as India’s head of the government has earned him the well-deserved respect of compatriots and high international prestige. “Under your leadership India is successfully moving along the path of socio-economic, scientific and technical development,” he said.
“It is hard to overestimate your personal contribution to the strengthening of the special and privileged strategic partnership between our countries,” Putin noted in the letter.
Putin further said that he “values the friendly relations” developed with PM Modi and credited the prime minister for moving India along the path of socio-economic, scientific and technical development.
“I value the kind, friendly relations that have developed between us. I look forward to continuing constructive dialogue with you and work closely together on topical issues of the bilateral and international agenda. From the bottom of my heart, I wish you good health, happiness, well-being and every success,” read Russian President Putin’s message for PM Modi.
Meanwhile addressing the PM by his first name, the German Chancellor said she had “fond memories” of their meeting at the Indo-German intergovernmental consultations last year. “I wish you all the very best in the future – particularly, in these unusual times, health, happiness and fulfilment,” she wrote in her message that was shared by PMO on its twitter handle.
“Together over the past few years we have succeeded in consolidating even further the traditionally good relations between Indian and Germany,” the German Chancellor said.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson addressed PM Modi as his “friend” and expressed hope to meet him soon.
In her birthday wishes to the Prime Minister, Finland’s Prime Minister Sanna Marin said there is much potential to deepen even further the relations between the two countries.
“We have the opportunity now to turn the good spirits and broad array of deliverables from it into action. To this end, Finland supports concrete cooperation between India and the European Union in many sectors, such as sustainable development, including the circular economy, free trade and human rights,” Sanna Marin said in a letter to Modi.
Nepal Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has also extended greetings to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on his 70th birthday and said that the two leaders will continue to work closely together to further strengthen relations between India and Nepal.