Russian President Vladimir Putin in a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated him on the occasion of Independence Day. Stating that India enjoys a high authority in the International Arena, the letter reads, "Your country rightfully takes pride in great achievements in economic, scientific, technological, cultural and other spheres".
Addressing India-Russia bilateral partnership, the document states that the relations are 'dynamically developing', and that he is convinced that through joint efforts fruitful bilateral cooperation will be strengethed. "It fully meets the interests of peoples of our countries and goes in line with the task of ensuring stability and security in Asia", the letter continues.
Concluding, the Russian President wishes good health and success to all PM Modi and other compatriots.
Meanwhile, the US Secretary of State, Mike Pompeo greeted the people of India on the eve of the country's Independence Day and said that over the past two decades India-US friendship has flourished into a strategic partnership. He said that the shared democratic values of the two nations, strong people-to-people ties and commitment to economic growth have further cemented the relationship.
"Over the past two decades, our friendship has flourished into a strategic partnership and we now cooperate on a range of important issues, from defense and counter-terrorism, to freedom of navigation and cutting-edge science, including in space," Pompeo said in a statement."As I said during my recent visit to India, the United States and India are great democracies, global powers, and good friends. I wish the people of India a joyful Independence Day," he said.
The Prime Minister addressed the nation at the Red Fort and highlighted important aspects like poverty and terrorism. He stated that the government is dedicated towards the development of the country and announced that the BJP has decided to invest Rs 100 lakh crore on the country's modern infrastructure.
He concluded his Independence Day address by chanting 'Vande Mataram' and reciting the National Anthem.