Washington/New Delhi, Aug 15: US President Joe Biden, greeting India on its 75th Independence Day, said the two nations have come together in new ways as they combat the Covid-19 pandemic, as well as in partnership with the Quad, to manufacture and deliver safe and effective vaccines, and “together we must show the world that our two great and diverse democracies can deliver for people everywhere”.
Biden, in his message, said, “This past year, our nations have come together in new ways as we tackle the COVID-19 pandemic, including working in partnership with Japan and Australia—through the Quad—to expand global manufacturing of safe and effective COVID-19 vaccines and to strengthen our “last-mile” coordination to reach people throughout the Indo-Pacific.
“In this moment of great challenges and opportunities, the partnership between India and the United States is more important than ever. Together, we must show the world that our two great and diverse democracies can deliver for people everywhere.
“And as we do, the friendship between our nations will continue to flourish and grow. I wish all those celebrating today, in India, in the United States, and throughout the world, a safe and happy Indian Independence Day.”
Biden also said that on this day India achieved its long journey toward independence, guided by Mahatma Gandhi’s message of truth and non-violence. “Today, that foundational commitment to respecting the will of the people through democracy continues to inspire the world and is the basis of the special bond between our two nations.”
“Over the decades, the ties between our people, including a vibrant community of more than four million Indian-Americans, have sustained and strengthened our partnership.”
US Secretary of State Antony Blinken, in his message, said the bonds between the two nations began over seven decades ago “and have transformed into a growing partnership”.
He said their bilateral regional cooperation “is expanding at an exponential pace as we continue to work together, alongside our partners, to advance our shared vision of a free and open Indo-Pacific”.
“From climate action and clean energy to space technologies, U.S.-India bilateral cooperation is wide-ranging and stronger than ever before.”
Referring to his India visit last month, Blinken said, “As I said during my visit to New Delhi, there are few partnerships more vital than the one between the United States and India. Mindful of our seventy-four years of friendship, our two democracies will continue to build a better tomorrow.”