The Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Maldives, His Excellency Dr. Mohamed Asim has sent a message to Her Excellency Sushma Swaraj, Minister of External Affairs of the Republic of India, following the 70th  Anniversary of India’s Independence.

Minister’s message reads as follows:

“As India celebrates the auspicious occasion of the 70th   Anniversary of its Independence, it is with great pleasure that I extend heartfelt congratulations and sincere good wishes to Your Excellency, the Government and the people of India.

The Maldives and India shares a unique strong bond of friendship since time immemorial. Our strong bilateral ties, based on mutual respect and goodwill is matched by the dynamic people-to-people contacts. As development partners and close neighbors, I remain confident that our relations will continue to strengthen over the years. Let me also take this opportunity to reiterate our commitment to work closely for regional cooperation and for a more peaceful and prosperous South Asia.

May I also convey my personal best wishes for your health and well-being, and for the continued progress and prosperity for the people of India.

Please except, Excellency, the assurances of my highest consideration.”