Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Friday congratulated Maoist chief Prachanda on his election as the Prime Minister of Nepal and asserted that New Delhi will continue to stand by the people of the Himalayan nation in consolidating the peaceful democratic transition.
Soon after his victory, Singh in a message to Prachanda conveyed his wishes and invited the Maoist leader to visit India.
"I look forward to meeting with you in the near future and would be happy to receive you in India as our guest at your earliest convenience," Singh said in his message, according to the Indian Embassy here.
Singh also said that he is looking forward to work with Prachanda to "develop the bonds of good neighbourliness that unite our peoples and nations, and to deepen the friendly relations that so happily exist between our two countries."
Singh said India will continue to stand by the people and Government of Nepal in consolidating the peaceful democratic transition and in the country's developmental efforts.
"We in South Asia share linked destinies, and are engaged in a common struggle against poverty, disease and hunger," the Prime Minister said.