This post was originally published on 15 August 2017.
A host of foreign leaders, including the Emir of Qatar Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, extended Independence Day greetings to India.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi took to Twitter to acknowledge the greetings and express gratitude.
In response to greetings from Qatar, PM Modi said on Twitter: “Thanked His Highness Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al Thani, for his congratulatory phone call this evening on our Independence Day.”
A number of other leaders like Canadian and Israeli Prime Ministers also extended their greetings.
“India and Canada enjoy a special relationship with so much in common. My best wishes for a happy Independence Day,” Canadian PM Justin Trudeau said on Twitter.
“Our two countries share much in common, including our commitment to democracy, freedom, and the rule of law, and are linked by similar institutions and forms of government. Above all, the success of Canada and India demonstrate that we both prosper not in spite of our diversity, but because of it,” the Canadian premier said in a statement.
Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu, who shares great personal rapport with PM Modi, also congratulated the people of India.
“Best wishes to my friend @narendramodi and all the people of India on the occasion of India’s 71st Independence Day!” he posted on Twitter and shared a picture of himself with Modi.
Neighbouring countries Afghanistan, Bhutan and Sri Lanka too extended greetings to India on the occasion.