India on Friday welcomed "successful conduct" of presidential elections in Ukraine and hoped the democratic process will provide a "healing touch" after recent incidents of violence in that country.
"India welcomes the successful conduct of the presidential elections in Ukraine and congratulates the government and the friendly people of Ukraine as well as President-elect Petro Poroshenko on his victory in the election," the Ministry of External Affairs said.
It said India hoped the election of Poroshenko as the President of Ukraine would lead to an inclusive dialogue among various sections of Ukraine's population for a peaceful resolution of the crisis and restoration of peace and stability in that country and in the region.
"India is a firm believer in the power of the expression of democratic will by the people. As the largest democracy in the world, India has recently seen a vibrant election where the people have voted a new government with a clear mandate.
The unambiguous mandate in Ukraine will hopefully provide a healing touch after the recent incidents of violence," it said.
Noting that ties between the two countries were marked by warmth and friendship and have grown stronger over the years, it said India looked forward to further strengthening its comprehensive partnership with Ukraine.