LAHORE: US President Barack Obama on Tuesday night telephoned Pakistan’s prime minister-elect Nawaz Sharif to congratulate him on his recent victory in the polls, said a press release issued by the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz.

The US president expressed his wish to meet Sharif soon while conveying his best wishes on behalf of the people of the United States.

He praised the PML-N chief’s courage for running the election campaign in adverse circumstances.

“America respects the mandate you have been given,” said Obama. “I have heard great things about you……and I wish that we get to meet soon,” he added.

The US president further said that America is looking forward to even stronger friendly and economic ties with Pakistan.

Sharif thanked President Obama for the friendly gesture of felicitating him.

Meanwhile, Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina also congratulated Sharif on his victory at the just concluded elections in Pakistan.

In a message of felicitations, the Bangladesh premier said that the victory is reflective of the trust of the people of Pakistan for Mr Sharif’s party.

Moreover, Rahul Gandhi of India’s Congress party also felicitated the PML-N chief on his recent victory in the polls.

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