President, PM greet US on its Independence Day

RSTV Bureau

OBAMA_MODI2Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday greeted the United States on its 239th Independence Day and expressed confidence that the bilateral relations between the two countries will get even better in times to come. The Modi-led NDA government, ever since taking an office last year, has laid special emphasis on Indo-US ties.

“The ties between India and the US are time tested and connected by shared values. We are both vibrant democracies and remain very proud of our democratic framework,” PM Modi wrote on a micro-blogging site Twitter.

The Prime Minister especially highlighted renewed warmth in the ties between India and US on economic and trade front as well as the cultural exchange. PM Modi had received a rousing welcome during his US visit last year. US President Barack Obama too reciprocated with his visit to India early this year as the chief guest in Republic Day celebrations.

“I am extremely excited and confident about the renewed energy in India-USA ties. Our economic ties are very strong and our cultural ties are vibrant. Last year I visited USA and in January this year, President Barack Obama came to India and became the first ever President of USA to join our Republic Day celebrations as chief guest,” PM Narendra Modi further added.

The Prime Minister noted that substantial ground was covered during both these visits as far as strengthening of US-India ties are concerned.

“Strong India US ties will benefit people of our nations and the world at large. I am optimistic that our relations are going to get even better in times to come,” the Prime Minister further wrote.

Earlier on Friday, President Paranab Mukherjee too had greeted the Americans on the eve of their Independence Day.

“Our comprehensive engagement for cooperation across the entire spectrum of human endeavour contributes to economic growth and development in both our countries and also serves global peace and prosperity,” President Mukherjee wrote in his message.

The US observes July 4 as its Independence Day, commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence in 1776, declaring that the 13 American colonies regarded themselves as a new nation and no longer part of the British Empire.

(With inputs from the PTI)