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`US-India ties a defining partnership’

Hillary Clinton sent best wishes to the people of India on the occasion of its 65th Independence Day.

Washington: Sending best wishes to the people of India on the occasion of its 65th Independence Day, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has said that the Obama
Administration believes that the partnership between the two countries will be one of the defining partnerships of the 21st century.

"India`s independence movement and the inspirational leadership of Mahatma Gandhi still move people to be the change that they want to see in the world," Hillary Clinton said in her message on the occasion of India`s Independence Day on
August 15.

"At this time of profound change and hope for millions of people, India`s story stands as a powerful example of what people can achieve through the peaceful pursuit of inalienable rights," Hillary Clinton said.

Referring to her recent visit to New Delhi and Chennai, Hillary Clinton said she once again had the opportunity to experience India’s beauty, vitality, and dynamism.

"We believe that the US-India partnership based on people-to-people ties and our shared values of democracy, liberty, and respect for religious and cultural diversity -- will be one of the defining partnerships of this century," she said.

"And we look forward to continuing to partner with you as you share your story and successes with other countries around the world," Hillary Clinton said.

"As you celebrate this special day with family, friends and loved ones, in Chennai, New Delhi or anywhere in between, know that the United States stands with you as a committed partner and friend," Hillary Clinton said in her statement.


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