Australian PM Scott Morrison on Wednesday wished India on Republic Day, and said the two nations share a wonderful friendship and the vision for an open, resilient and free Indo-Pacific region. In a video message, the Australian PM said: “Namastey! Australia and India are celebrating the day — January 26. Republic Day in India and Australia Day, here in Australia. We share a wonderful friendship between the Australian and Indian people. We join with you in celebrating democracy today, India’s and ours turning too, and celebrating the fantastic contribution of people with Indian heritage right here in Australia and all around the world. “The journeys of our two nations have been very different, but we do share much in common, in particular a common ride ahead. We have a shared vision for an open and resilient and free Indo-Pacific region. “We are partners across so many fronts, working together to secure that peace and freedom for our world and our region. “I know the pan-extend demic has tested so many of us, families separated. But now, families are reunited and students and travellers are re- to both their shores. So better are indeed ahead. “So on this Republic Day I join our Indian friends and Australians with a connection to India, in celebrating your constitution’s enactment on this day in 1950 as well as celebrating with you your 75th anniversary of your independence.

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“Happy India Republic Day and Happy Australia day.” Separately in a tweet, he said: “Australia and India enjoy a wonderful friendship. While we celebrate #AustraliaDay today, I also my very best wishes to my good friend @narendramodi and all Indians on #Republic DayIndia #dosti.” Earlier, Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne in a tweet extended Republic Day wishes and said Canberra looks forward to continuing work with India on the shared vision for the Indo-Pacific. “Australia & India are comprehensive strategic partners & we share many things democratic values, a national day & close economic & diaspora links. Happy Republic Day to our Indian friends. Australia looks forward to continuing work with India on our shared vision for the #IndoPacific. External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar in a tweet extended greetings to the government and people of Australia on Australia Day. He said that the bilateral Comprehensive Strategic Partnership benefits their people and promotes peace and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific. “Warmest greetings to my good friend FM @MarisePayne and the Government & people of Australia on #Australia Day. Our Comprehensive Strategic Partnership benefits our people & promotes peace and prosperity in the Indo-Pacific.

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