Saturday, May 15, 2004

Iran's Khatami congratulates Congress Party after Indian vote

: "Iran's Khatami congratulates Congress Party after Indian vote

TEHRAN, May 14 (AFP) - Iranian President Mohammad Khatami has congratulated the Congress Party of India for its surprise election victory, the official IRNA news agency reported Friday.

'I sincerely congratulate you on the triumph of the Congress Party in the parliamentary elections, and hope that during your term in the office our existing friendly relations deepen more,' Khatami said in his message to Congress chief chief Sonia Gandhi.

India's outgoing prime minister, Atal Behari Vajpayee, resigned on Thursday after the shock defeat of his Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP, Indian People's Party).

Italian-born Gandhi is set to become India's first foreign-born leader and the fourth member of the Nehru-Gandhi dynasty to hold the country's top job.
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