French President Emmanuel Macron and his Russian counterpart Vladimir Putin were among the leaders who conveyed their greetings to Prime Minister Narendra Modi on the occasion of Republic Day.
“As India celebrates Republic Day, I convey my warmest wishes to my dear friend @NarendraModi and the Indian people. I look forward to setting new ambitions together for the G20 and for our Indo-French strategic partnership as it turns 25 this year,” tweeted Macron. While Macron is likely to visit India soon, the two sides have not been able to finalise the dates for his visit.
In his message, Putin said India’s achievements in the economic, social, scientific, technological and other spheres are widely known and that India is making a substantial contribution to ensuring international stability and security and to addressing vital issues on the regional and global agenda.
“We set a high value on the relations of privileged strategic partnership between our states. I am confident by working together we can ensure the continued growth of mutually beneficial bilateral cooperation in all areas. This undoubtedly meets the fundamental interests of the friendly peoples of Russia and India,” said Putin. Modi also received similar messages from the leaders of UAE and Saudi Arabia.