Dharamsala, March 31: Globetrotting elderly Buddhist monk, the Dalai Lama, on Wednesday congratulated President Ram Nath Kovind, on his successful surgery.

In a tweet, His Holiness greeted Kovind saying: "I pray for your speedy recovery." He said: "I feel privileged to have known you for many years and count you as an old friend.

Kovind underwent cardiac bypass surgery at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) on Tuesday morning, a statement from the President House confirmed.

"He is stable and is being closely monitored by a team of senior doctors," the statement read. - (IANS)