Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on Tuesday, congratulated Justice Dalveer Bhandari on being re-elected to the International Court of Justice (ICJ). Calling it a proud moment for India, PM Modi also congratulated External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and her team for their diplomatic efforts to help achieve this win. Dalveer Bhandari was re-elected to the last seat of the world court after Britain withdrew its candidate from the election.
"Congratulations to EAM @SushmaSwaraj and her entire team at MEA & diplomatic missions for their untiring efforts that have led to India’s re-election to ICJ. Our deep gratitude to all the members of UNGA as well as UNSC for their support and trust in India. (sic)," The Prime Minister added.
President Ram Nath Kovind also congratulated Justice Bhandari and termed his re-election as a "diplomatic milestone" for India. "Congratulations to Justice Dalveer Bhandari for his re-election to the ICJ. A diplomatic milestone for India #PresidentKovind (sic)," President Kovind tweeted.
The elections were held after United Kingdom, in a dramatic turn of events, withdrew out of the race for the Hague-based ICJ, thus paving the way for Bhandari's re- election to the prestigious world court.
Earlier on Tuesday, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj announced the news of the historic victory on her Twitter page. "Vande Matram - India wins election to the International Court of Justice. JaiHind. #ICJ (sic)," Swaraj had tweeted in the early hours of Tuesday.
The External Affairs Minister also had a special mention for India's envoy to the UN, Syed Akbaruddin, whose efforts helped achieve the victory for India. "Congratulations to Justice Dalveer Bhandari on his re-election as a Judge of the ICJ. Huge efforts by Team - MEA. Syed Akbaruddin @AkbaruddinIndia our Permanent Representative in UN deserves a special mention," Swaraj said.
Britain's withdrawal from the election to the prestigious world court would mean that there will not be a British judge on the UN's most powerful court for the first time in its history.