Modi thanks Marcos for congratulatory message

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday, May 6, expressed commitment to continue the gains achieved by New Delhi and Manila in the past years as he secured a fresh seat after winning in this year’s election.

Modi, in a post on X, said India is “committed to build upon the gains of the past decade in the strategic partnership between India and Philippines.”

Photo courtesy of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's X account

He made the pronouncement as he believed the gains “hold immense potential for the welfare of our people and to promote regional peace and stability.”

Modi welcomed President Marcos’ congratulatory message after he secured his third term as India’s leader.

Under Modi’s term, who started in 2014, India proved itself to be “a sincere friend to the Philippines,” according to Marcos.

“I look forward to the further strengthening of our bilateral and regional partnership in the years ahead,” Marcos said, which Modi described as “warm words” from the Philippine leader.
In 2023, India joined a dozen of other nations in supporting for Philippines’ call to uphold rule of law amid its row with China over the West Philippine Sea.

India, in the same year, bolstered its maritime partnership with the Philippines following the signing of Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on enhanced maritime cooperation.

Former Indian Ambassador to Manila Shambhu Kumaran said the two countries were entering into the "best and most substantive" phase of their diplomatic relationship due to more cooperation between the two countries.