Message from Prime Minister Turnbull


On behalf of all Australians, I send my very best wishes to everyone taking part in Indian Independence Day celebrations.

This day commemorates something very special””the achievement of sovereignty and freedom for the world’s largest democracy.

It is an occasion to take pride in India’s progress over seven decades of independence, and to share in hopes for its future.

Today, relations between Australia and India have never been stronger. We work closely together to support our shared interests in a stable and prosperous Indo-Pacific region. Two-way trade exceeded $20 billion in 2016, and shows great potential for further growth.

The Indian community in Australia is an important part of our strong and enduring ties, helping to build even closer bonds between our nations.

With these thoughts in mind, I hope the Indian community in Australia enjoys wonderful Independence Day celebrations, and finds their sense of affection and esteem for India renewed.

The Hon Malcolm Turnbull MP

Prime Minister of Australia

15 August 2017

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