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Foreign Secretary statement on Indian Independence Day 2017

Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson celebrates Indian Independence Day and the longstanding friendship between the UK and India.

Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

During his visit to India in January 2017, Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson met Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said:

On behalf of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, I extend my warmest wishes to the people of India and the British Indian community in the United Kingdom on the occasion of India’s Independence Day.

The United Kingdom and India share a deep and longstanding partnership, rooted in the 1.5 million British Indian diaspora in the UK who contribute so richly to our society. Our 2 countries are committed to working together to promote our people’s prosperity, improve global security and tackle the global challenges that we face today.

Through the 2017 UK-India Year of Culture, we have celebrated the strength of UK-India ties, from our shared history, values, culture and language. Whilst today is an opportunity to reflect on India’s success over the past 70 years, it is also a chance to look ahead at a bright future for both our countries, supported by the flourishing ties between the people of India and the UK.

My best wishes to you all on this day.

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Published 15 August 2017