Minister of Foreign Affairs His Excellency Abdulla Shahid has sent a message of greetings to His Excellency Dr S Jaishankar, Minister of External Affairs of the Republic of India, on the occasion of the 71st Anniversary of the Republic Day of India.
The message reads as follows:
"On behalf of the Government and people of Maldives, I take great pleasure in conveying to Your Excellency, Government and the friendly people of the Republic of India, warm greetings and good wishes on the auspicious occasion of the 71st Republic Day of India.
As the largest democracy in the world, India continues to inspire us with its unity in diversity, and with the remarkable progress the country has achieved over the years in various spheres including socio-economic and scientific advancement. We greatly value our relationship with India, and the strong development partnership between our countries. I am confident that the friendly relations existing between our countries will grow from strength to strength in the days ahead.
I also wish to take this opportunity, to thank the Government and the friendly people of India for the immense contributions made to the socio-economic development of Maldives.
On this day of immense joy and celebration across India, I wish Your Excellency, Government and the friendly people of India continued peace, progress and prosperity.
Please accept, Excellency, the assurances of my highest consideration".