Mumbai: 26 January is celebrated as India’s Republic Day and also Australia Day, on Tuesday Prime Minister Scott Morrison congratulated India on the occasion, calling it a wonderful coincidence.
“(Australia and India) are closer than we have ever been. While we celebrate our nation on #AustraliaDay today, I also extend my best wishes to my good friend @narendramodi & all Indians on #RepublicDay,” Morrison captioned the video on Twitter further writing ‘Best wishes for Republic Day’ in Hindi with using hashtag #dosti.
Morrison said in a video message on Twitter, “What a wonderful coincidence it is of our history that January 26 Australia Day is India’s Republic Day! A national day shared between friends.”
🇦🇺🇮🇳 are closer than we have ever been. While we celebrate our nation on #AustraliaDay today, I also extend my best wishes to my good friend @narendramodi & all Indians on #RepublicDay. गणतंत्र दिवस की शुभकामनाएँ| #dosti pic.twitter.com/53trQwNfP5
— Scott Morrison (@ScottMorrisonMP) January 26, 2021
“We follow the same ideals – the ideals of democracy, freedom, diversity, enterprise, opportunity (and) build a world on these ideals. Our history is long and our connections are many. With each year, we become even closer. The global pandemic has not divided us, but has made us appreciate these shared ideals even more,” he said.
Calling Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi a good friend, Morrison said the two Prime Ministers signed a broad and strategic partnership, which is “a major step” for trade and investment, defence and scientific partnerships.
“It speaks for our trust in each other and in our shared interests and common values. We keep nurturing people-to-people relationships – the formulas that bind us together,” he said.
“One of the things we celebrate on Australia Day is our diversity. Today there are more Australians with Indian ancestors – adding great citizens and great neighbours to another dimension in our shared Australian story,” Morrison said.
The Prime Minister said that as we approach the other side of this pandemic, Australia wants to “welcome more of our Indian friends, families, students and residents in the country”
In conclusion, he called India ‘one of our truest friends’.