Obama sends his greetings for R-Day

New Delhi: President Pranab Mukherjee on Saturday received a message conveying greetings and best wishes on the occasion of the Republic Day from US President Barack Obama.

 In his message, the President said, “On behalf of the American people, I extend best wishes as you and the people of India celebrate India’s Republic Day January 26.”

“As we work to deepen the ties between our great democracies and advance our partnership for the 21st century, we will continue to do so on the basis of the democratic ideals contained in our constitutions,” the message said.

 It is a great honor to serve as India’s Chief Guest during the Republic Day celebrations.  Michelle and I very much look forward to returning to India, and once again enjoying the generosity, hospitality, and beauty that marked our last visit in 2010,” the message added.

Obama, who will be the first US President to be a Chief Guest at a Republic Day, will be arriving on Sunday morning.

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