World Leaders Highlight ‘Privileged’ And ‘Strategic’ Partnership With New Delhi as India Turns 77
Moscow/Washington: As they sent their best wishes to New Delhi on Tuesday in honour of India’s 77th Independence Day, Russian President Vladimir Putin, his French counterpart Emmanuel Macron, Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese, and US Secretary of State Antony Blinken emphasised their “special,” “privileged,” and “strategic” relationship with Delhi.
On the occasion of Independence Day, President Putin sent greetings to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Droupadi Murmu. He expressed confidence that the two countries would continue to strengthen their productive bilateral cooperation in all areas through joint efforts, as well as their constructive partnership in resolving urgent issues on the regional and global agenda.
“We attach great importance to our special and privileged strategic partnership with New Delhi,” he declared. President Putin emphasised that India’s accomplishments in the domains of economics, science, technology, and society are widely acknowledged.
He made a point of saying that “India enjoys well-deserved authority on the international stage, playing an important and constructive role in international affairs,” and he expressed his wishes for happiness and prosperity to all Indians.
French President Emmanuel Macron expressed his congratulations to the Indian people on their Independence Day by writing on X, formerly Twitter, that he and his buddy @narendramodi had “set new Indo-French ambitions all the way to 2047, the centennial year of India’s Independence.”
In both English and Hindi, he tweeted, “India can count on France as a trusted friend and partner, always,” along with a video of Prime Minister Modi’s recent trip to France.
On Independence Day, US Secretary of State Antony Blinken sent his “best wishes” to the people of India on behalf of the American people. He noted that as the oldest and largest democracies in the world, America and India have forged a close relationship as they cooperate to build a more open, prosperous, secure, stable, and resilient world.
Mr. Blinken issued a statement in which he said: “On this historic day, we reflect on the depth and breadth of our strategic partnership and we honour the rich heritage of the Indian people, who are the cornerstone of the promising future we are developing together.
He added that the previous year demonstrated that the US-India partnership is deeper and more expansive than ever. “We stand with you in our shared commitment to tackle the most pressing global challenges to ensure the peace and prosperity of our people,” he said.
Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese sent wishes to India and noted that the “warm friendship” between the two countries is a reflection of the close ties between “our people” and that he hopes to further improve ties between them in the future.
In a statement, he stated, “We shall do that via the power of Australian-Indian communities. Mr. Albanese stated, “Australia is appreciative for all the experiences and ideas you have offered, whether as students, business owners, professionals, or people creating families and communities. Because you chose to live here, Australia is a richer nation.
“Let us celebrate our shared democratic heritage” on the occasion of India’s Independence, he remarked.