WASHINGTON, D.C. (Aug. 15, 2014) — U.S. Secretary of State John Carry, expressed well wishes to India and Indonesia this week in honor of their respective Independence Days
“On behalf of President Obama and the people of the United States, I send best wishes to the people of the Republic of India as you celebrate your Independence Day on August 15,” Carry said
“When more than half a billion Indian men and women went to the polls last spring, you were a part of the largest democratic exercise in human history,” he added. “You showed the world how a diverse people, comprised of citizens from different faiths, speaking many different languages, can determine a common future. And you demonstrated once again the power of India’s example and the power of the core values connecting our two peoples.
“I saw first-hand India’s dynamism and the vital importance of deepening the ties between our nations when I travelled to New Delhi last month for our 5th annual Strategic Dialogue. I met students, researchers, and professors at the Indian Institute of Technology who were developing clean energy technologies. I spoke with Indian business leaders about opportunities for American companies to participate in India’s economic revitalization. I joined colleagues from across the State Department and the Obama Administration in a series of in-depth conversations with our Indian counterparts on issues from security, to energy, to educational exchange.
“On each of those issues, and in all my conversations, this truth was crystal clear: our partnership has never mattered more.
“In this century India and the United States have a common responsibility: to prove that democracies can deliver for their citizens. With the shared prosperity we create for one another and for the world, we can prove to the world the power of our shared ideals.
“As India celebrates Independence Day, we celebrate with you. We reflect upon the possibilities of the shared future that India and the United States will shape together.
On behalf of the President, Carry also expressed best wishes to the Indonesian people on the 69th anniversary of your independence on August 17.
“Indonesia’s thriving democracy and dynamic regional and global leadership are critical to the Asia Pacific and the world,” Carry said. “Our Comprehensive Partnership, inaugurated four years ago when President Obama traveled to Indonesia, has produced opportunities for closer cooperation on a wide-range of issues, such as education, security, climate change, energy, and trade. During my last two trips to Indonesia I saw this cooperation first hand, with our two governments and people working together to solve some of the world’s most intractable challenges.
“I look forward to building even closer ties between our governments, civil society and people, and continuing our important work together promoting peace, prosperity, and democracy around the world.
“I wish all Indonesians a safe and joyous celebration.”