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Merkel, Putin, Nepal PM, leaders across the World wish Modi on 70th Birthday

<p class="p1">As Prime Minister Narendra Modi turned 70 today, wishes from home and abroad poured in for him.</p>
<p class="p1">German Vice-Chancellor Angela Merkel said she had 'fond memories' of her meeting with Narendra Modi at the <span class="s1">Indo-German intergovernmental consultations last year. </span></p>
<p class="p1">"I wish you all the very best in the future – particularly, in these unusual times, health, happiness and fulfillment…Together with over the past few years, we have succeeded in consolidating even further the traditionally good relations between Indian and Germany," the German Chancellor wrote in a letter shared by PMO handle.</p>
<p class="p1">In his message to Modi, Russian President Vladimir Putin said: "I look forward to continue constructive dialogue with you and work closely together on topical issues of the bilateral and international agenda."</p>
<p class="p1">Delhi Chief Minister took to Twitter and wished Narendra Modi, "Wishing you a very happy birthday Sir. I pray for your long and healthy life."</p>
<p class="p1">Extending his greetings, Nepal Prime Minister K.P. Sharma Oli tweeted: "Warm greetings to Prime Minister Shri @narendramodi ji on the auspicious occasion of your birthday. I wish you good health and happiness.</p>
<p class="p1">"We will continue working closely together to further strengthen relations between our two countries."</p>
<p class="p1">Meanwhile, President Ram Nath Kovind also took to Twitter to wish Modi and said: "Happy Birthday to Prime Minister Narendra Modi ji. You have set an example of Indian life values and democratic tradition.</p>
<p class="p1">"I pray to God that he always keeps you healthy and happy and the nation continues to receive your invaluable services."</p>
<p class="p1">While extending his wishes, Union Home Minister Amit Shah tweeted: "Wishing a Happy Birthday to the most popular leader of the country who is always committed towards the service of the nation and devoted towards the welfare of poor."</p>
<p class="p1">In a tweet, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh said: "Greetings and warm wishes to PM Shri Narendra Modi Ji on his birthday. India has benefited tremendously from his astute leadership, firm conviction and decisive action. He has been working assiduously towards empowering the poor and marginalized. Praying for his good health and long life."</p>
<p class="p1">Former Congress President Rahul Gandhi too wished the Prime Minister on his birthday.</p>
<p class="p1">In a letter written in Hindu, Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu wished the Prime Minister and congratulated him "on your hard work in taking the country to new heights."</p>
(with agency inputs).