Washington: As Indians in America celebrated the country’s 68th Independence Day, US Secretary of State John Kerry said India-US partnership “has never mattered more” and the two nations can shape together a shared future.
In a message of greetings on behalf of President Barack Obama and the American people, the top US diplomat said during his visit to New Delhi last month for their annual Strategic Dialogue he “saw first-hand India’s dynamism and the vital importance of deepening the ties between our nations”.
Recalling his meetings with students, researchers, Indian business leaders and Indian officials on issues from security, to energy, to educational exchange, Kerry said: “On each of those issues, and in all my conversations, this truth was crystal clear: our partnership has never mattered more.”
“As India celebrates Independence Day, we celebrate with you,” he said. “We reflect upon the possibilities of the shared future that India and the United States will shape together.”
US Senator Mark R Warner, Democratic co-chair of the bipartisan Senate India Caucus, sent his best wishes to Indians around the world and Indian Americans “in recognition of all that India has achieved since August 15, 1947”.
In Washington, Indian Ambassador S Jaishankar hoisted the Indian national flag and read out President Pranab Mukherjee’s address to the nation.
Attari : Border guards of India and Pakistan yesterday exchanged greetings at the Attari-Wagah joint check post between both the countries to mark India’s 68th Independence Day.
Peaceniks from the Hind-Pakistan Dosti Manch and other organisations held a midnight candlelight vigil near the border gates on Thursday night.
Border Security Force (BSF) officers and troopers walked up to the zero line here, 30km from Amritsar, and offered sweets and fruits to their counterparts Pakistan Rangers to mark the Indian Independence Day.
Both sides greeted each other at a brief informal ceremony. The Pakistan Rangers had given sweets to the BSF on Wednesday to mark Pakistan’s Independence Day. The midnight vigil and cultural functions by social organisations, held on the Indian side, continued till the early hours of yesterday.