World leaders congratulate India for lunar leap

Presidents of 11 countries from across the world rushed to congratulate Indian people and ISRO for the Chandrayaan-3 success

NEW DELHI | Updated: 24 August, 2023 4:00 pm IST
India receive applauses from all around the world for the success of Chandrayaan 3

NEW DELHI: Prime ministers and presidents of dozens of countries from across the world rushed to congratulate the people of India and ISRO for the successful landing of the Chandrayaan-3 on the lunar surface on Wednesday.

Among them were leaders of Russia, Spain, the United Arab Emirates, European Commission, Bhutan, Nepal, and Maldives.

In his congratulatory message to President Droupadi Muru and Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Russian President Vladimir Putin said that Chandrayaan-3 lander Vikram’s soft touch down on the south pole of the moon serves as a testament to the impressive progress made by the country in science and technology.

“This is a big step forward in the exploration of outer space and, of course, a testament to the impressive progress made by India in the scientific and technological sphere,” Putin said.

He further stated: “I request you to convey my sincere congratulations and wishes for new achievements to the leadership and team of the Indian Space Research Organization.”

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Spain Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said that India’s achievement opens up new horizons for humanity. “This mission is another proof of the power of science and of the great opportunities it offers us to keep promoting scientific progress and research,” he said in his congratulatory message.

UAE President Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan tweeted, “The successful lunar landing of India’s Chandrayaan-3 spacecraft represents a significant leap for collective scientific progress. I extend my heartfelt congratulations to Prime Minister @narendramodi and the people of India for this historic achievement in the service of humankind.”

EU Commission President, Ursula von der Leyen, said, “Congratulations to @narendramodi for the successful landing of Chandrayaan-3. A historic milestone and proud moment for the Indian people. India has become a true pioneer in space exploration. This Indian success will benefit researchers all over the world.”

Nepal Prime Minister Prachanda said, “I congratulate Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi ji and the ISRO team of India on the successful landing of Chandrayan-3 in the surface of the moon today and the unleashing of a historic achievement in science and space technology.”

President of Republic of Maldives, Ibrahim Mohamed Solih, said, “Congratulations to PM @narendramodi , @isro and the people of India for the successful lunar landing of #Chandrayaan3. As a fellow South Asian nation, we are proud of this historic feat- an achievement that will advance the cause of scientific and human progress.”

Jamaican PM, Andrew Holness, was not far behind as he tweeted, “Jamaica congratulates the Government and people of India on the remarkable success of their Chandrayaan-3 lunar mission.”

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The President of the Republic of Madagascar, Andriy Rajoelina, joined the party, tweeting, “#Chandrayaan3 makes a historic landing on the Moon’s south pole! I would like to congratulate #India for such an incredible and emulating achievement. This success belongs to all of humanity, thank you @NarendraModi for your inspiring words and leadership. #IndiaOnTheMoon #BRICS”

Armenian PM, Nikol Pashinyan, said, “My warm congratulations to Prime Minister @NarendraModi on the successful landing of Chandrayaan-3 on Moon’s South Pole. This is indeed a big achievement for humanity that will further advance science and technology.”

Bhutanese PM, Lotay Tshering, joined in and said, “Congratulations @narendramodi & India! We rejoice with you in the successful landing of the auspicious Chandrayaan-3. Like you all, we said our prayers & held breath with as much nervousness and excitement, because we know this is not just about India.”

The Chandrayaan-3 lander made its soft landing on the moon’s surface at 6:04 pm on Wednesday.

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