Washington, Aug 15 : The United States on Thursday extended good wishes to the people of India on the occasion of Independence Day and said shared democratic values, people-to-people ties and commitment to economic growth have further cemented the relationship between the two countries.
"On behalf of the Government of the United States of America, I extend my best wishes to the people of India on your Independence Day. The United States and India have enjoyed close ties of friendship since the U.S. supported India’s independence 72 years ago," US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a statement here.
"Our shared democratic values, strong people-to-people ties, and commitment to economic growth further cemented our relationship," he said adding over the past two decades, "our friendship has flourished into a strategic partnership, and we now cooperate on a range of important issues, from defense and counterterrorism, to freedom of navigation and cutting-edge science, including in space".
"As I said during my recent visit to India, the United States and India are great democracies, global powers, and good friends. I wish the people of India a joyful Independence Day," Mr Pompeo stated.