President Putin's congratulatory telegram on the occasion of the Independence Day of India

Thursday, 13 August 2015 08:03

Unofficial translation

Moscow, Kremlin

August 12, 2015

Esteemed Mr President,

Esteemed Mr Prime Minister,

I cordially congratulate you on the national holiday – the Independence Day.

Over decades of independent development, India has achieved impressive success in social, economic, scientific, technological and humanitarian spheres. High is your country’s prestige in the international arena.

Russian-Indian relations, based on long-standing traditions of friendship and mutual respect, have attained the level of special and privileged strategic partnership. We attach great importance to the launch of procedure for India’s joining the SCO, which opens up new vistas for broader and productive cooperation between our nations.

It is with warm feelings that I recall our meetings in Russia and India, substantive and constructive negotiations. I am confident that by joint efforts we will ensure further growth of the whole gamut of bilateral ties and partnership interaction in addressing the burning issues of regional and global agenda. This meets the fundamental interests of our nations and goes in line with providing international stability and security.

Will all my heart I wish good health, happiness and new success to you and well-being and prosperity to all Indian citizens.

Respectfully yours,

Vladimir Putin,

President of the Russian Federation

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