New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday called Bhutan newly elected Prime Minister Lotay Tshering, president of Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa party, to congratulate him on his election win.

A statement from the Indian foreign ministry said Modi also welcomed the successful conduct of polls, only the third elections in the Himalayan country bordering India and China since 2008.

“Prime Minister Modi congratulated Dr. Lotay Tshering on his party’s victory in the third general election in Bhutan and his own election to the National Assembly. Prime Minister Modi welcomed the successful conduct of general elections, which is an important milestone for consolidation of democracy in Bhutan,” the Indian statement said.

The centre-left Druk Nyamrup Tshogpa, which was only formed in 2013, won 30 of the 47 national assembly seats in Thursday’s vote, according to the provisional results released by Bhutan’s election commision.

Tshering, a 50-year-old surgeon, has pledged to work for “nation building” and better access to basic needs such as healthcare.

During a telephone conversation, Modi congratulated Tshering on his party’s victory and his election to the National Assembly. India, he said, attaches the “highest priority to further strengthening unique ties of friendship and cooperation with Bhutan, based on shared interests and values, utmost trust, goodwill and mutual understanding”, according to an official statement.

Tshering accepted Modi’s invitation to visit India at the earliest opportunity and the two leaders agreed to take forward bilateral co-operation.

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