On behalf of the Government and people of India, I extend my warmest felicitations to you on the historic occasion of the 70th Anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between India and Russia. I am happy to note that many events are planned to mark seven decades of our friendship.
This historic milestone is yet another reminder of the strength and resilience of our partnership that has withstood the test of time. In the last seven decades, relations between India and Russia have admirably served the interests of both our peoples. India deeply values the consistent support we have received from Russia in our nation building efforts.
Today, our Special and Privileged Strategic Partnership encompasses all areas of cooperation and serves as an example of mutually beneficial relations for the entire world. Our friendship is characterized by complete trust, mutual benefit and respect for each other’s interests.
Our cooperation extends to shaping a new world order which reflects the realities of the 21st century. We share common approaches to the most important regional and global issues, including the centrality of the United Nations and the threat from international terrorism. Our partnership is an important factor of peace and stability in the world.
Excellency, I deeply value your personal leadership and commitment to our partnership. In India, our partnership with the Russian Federation enjoys national consensus and has always been accorded the highest priority in India’s foreign policy.
I am confident that through our common vision and efforts, our partnership will continue growing stronger to reach many more significant milestones’.