Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Sunday greeted Pakistan's President Asif Ali Zardari saying that "in your new office, you will find a friend in India" which has the "political will" to seize opportunities ushered by return of democracy in that country and transform ties.
In a message to the Pakistan People's Party leader on his assuming the high office, Singh said the government and the people of India wanted to "build close ties of friendship and partnership between our countries that respond to the aspirations of our two peoples".
He said that "the ushering in of democracy in Pakistan opens new opportunities for us to work together to bring the fruits of peace, prosperity and development to our region by developing the close and cooperative ties that should be normal between two neighbours".
The Prime Minister said, "We have the political will to work with you to seize these opportunities and transform our relations. In your new office, you will find a friend in India".