INDIA. New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi today greeted US President Joe Biden on the occasion of America’s 245th Independence Day. In the USA, July 4 commemorates the passage of the Declaration of Independence by the 13 colonies of the US in 1776.
“Warm felicitations and greetings to @POTUS @Joe Biden and the people of the USA on their 245th Independence Day. As vibrant democracies, India and the USA share values of freedom and liberty. Our strategic partnership has a truly global significance,” tweeted Prime Minister Modi.
India-US bilateral relations have developed into a “global strategic partnership”, based on shared democratic values and increasing convergence of interests on bilateral, regional, and global issues.
Regular exchange of high-level political visits has provided sustained momentum to bilateral cooperation, while the wide-ranging and ever-expanding dialogue architecture has established a long-term framework for India-US engagement.
Earlier, Prime Minister Modi delivered the keynote address at the 3rd Annual Leadership Summit of the US-India Strategic Partnership Forum (USISPF) in 2020, wherein he stressed the strengthening of the USA-India bilateral and strategic partnership.
The aim was to strengthen economic and commercial ties between the two countries through policy advocacy that will lead to driving economic growth, entrepreneurship, employment-creation, and innovation to create a more inclusive society.
4th of July, 2021 in Washington D.C.
The USA will be celebrating its Independence Day on the 4th of July with much more zeal this time as the country recovers from the coronavirus pandemic that has nixed large gatherings for more than a year. On this occasion, the annual fireworks display on the National Mall will go ahead from both sides of the reflecting pool in front of the Lincoln Memorial.
“Watching the Fourth of July fireworks from the National Mall against the backdrop of the monuments and memorials is one of the grandest traditions of our nation’s capital,” said Jeff Reinbold, superintendent of National Mall and Memorial Parks.
“This year’s display not only celebrates the 245th anniversary of American independence but also marks an important step forward as the city emerges from the pandemic.”
It is another sign the country is making a return to more normal times. President Joe Biden set July 4 as a target date to vaccinate 70% of American adults against COVID-19, which has killed 600,000 people in the United States.