India is a Beacon in front of the world: John Kerry

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Washington: US Secretary of State John Kerry commemorated the legacy of Mahatma Gandhi, Jawaharlal Nehru and Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel ahead of India's 69th Independence Day, saying that India has stood as a beacon for the world.

On behalf of President Barack Obama, Kerry issued the Independence Day message saying that since 1947, India has stood as a beacon for the world, as an economic power that prides innovation, as a resilient democracy in the face of terror and as a strategic power that upholds international norms.”

He added, “As the world's largest democracies, the US and India stand side by side in defending and promoting the freedoms and values we hold. As was highlighted during President Obama's visit for India's Republic Day in January, the US takes pride in our indispensable partnership with India, a friendship built on our shared democratic values, the entrepreneurial spirit of our people, and our shared interests.”

Kerry has sent best wishes to the people of India on the occasion of Independence Day.

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