President greets Maldives on Independence Day

President(IANS) President Pranab Mukherjee on Tuesday greeted the people of Maldives on its 51st Independence Day.

In a message to his Maldivian counterpart Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom, President Mukherjee said: “India and Maldives share a common strategic interest in peace, stability, progress and prosperity of our countries and the Indian Ocean region.

“I am confident that the strong foundation of our bilateral relations and the continuing efforts of both Governments will help us to meet common challenges,” he said, according to a statement issued here.

The Maldives is an archipelago in the Indian Ocean. It celebrates its Independence Day on July 26.

Medaram Jathara

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