Strategic partnership with India will continue to grow: Obama

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New Delhi, Aug 14 (ANI): United States President Barack Obama today said ties between the US and India will continue to grow and declared that his goal was to make this one of the defining partnerships of the 21st century.

In a statement issued ahead of India's 63rd Independence Day, Obama said: "The strategic partnership between our countries will continue to grow, and I am looking forward to my November visit to India."

"On behalf of my administration and the American people, I wish to congratulate all who will celebrate the 63rd anniversary of India's independence," he said.

He said Indians around the world could not only look back on their history with pride, but could also look ahead to a future filled with hope and further progress.

"Ever since August 15, 1947, India's non-violent struggle for freedom, its rejection of terrorism and extremism, and its belief in democracy, tolerance, and the rule of law have been an inspiration and beacon of hope for people around the world.

"India's example has had a profound effect on many countries, including the United States. Leaders of our civil rights movement, including Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., spoke about the debt they owed to Mahatma Gandhi," he said.

Obama said the over two million members of the Indian American community were living examples of the bonds that bound the two nations together and their accomplishments had become well-known and admired in both countries. (ANI)

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