India is celebrating 72 years of independence. On the occasion, 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.
On the occasion of India's 73rd Independence Day on August 15, Prime Minister Narendra Modi will address the nation from the ramparts of Red Fort, Delhi from 7:30 am onwards. PM Modi will deliver his speech after hoisting the national flag at the Red Fort. Ahead of his Independence Day address, he will be paying tribute to Mahatma Gandhi at the Rajghat at 7 am.
Tomorrow, on Independence Day, PM @narendramodi will pay tributes to Bapu at Rajghat at 7 AM.— PMO India (@PMOIndia) August 14, 2019
7:30 AM onwards, the Prime Minister’s address from the ramparts of the Red Fort will begin.
Live coverage of the Independence Day celebrations will commence 6:30 AM onwards.