Happy International Friendship Day!

There is nothing on this earth more to be prized than true friendship. – Thomas Aqunias.

A very happy international friendship day to one and all! We, at the Rotaract Club Of Mumbai Mulund South feel really proud to be a part of our country, and see our country making cordial and friendly relations with so many nations across the globe! We’re here to respect our government’s efforts to do all this, and to make our readers aware about the amazing things our country is doing! Let’s see what bond India shares with nations across the world!

Talking about India and France, Indo-France relationship has had a huge support in France and has been accorded a high priority by all the Presidents of France. There has been significant progress in all areas of bilateral cooperation through regular high-level exchanges at the Head of State/Head of Government levels. Indo-French relations have received a boost in the last two years with high level engagements and expansion of the already strong cooperation. Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid a landmark visit to France in April, 2015. Prime Minister Modi and President Hollande again met in Paris on 30 November 2015 at in Paris. President Hollande paid State visit to India in 2016 for India’s Republic Day celebration. There has been a significant progress in bilateral relations through such official visits and exchanges in strategic areas of security, defense, nuclear energy, space as well as in other areas of bilateral cooperation like science and technology, culture, education etc. France has continued to support India’s permanent membership of the UN Security Council too. Such type of bonds are being made, which are a promise for the amazing future our country has.

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Russia has been a longstanding and time-tested partner for India. Development of India-Russia relations has been a key pillar of India’s foreign policy. Since the signing of “Declaration on the India-Russia Strategic Partnership” in October 2000, India-Russia ties have acquired a qualitatively new character with enhanced levels of cooperation in almost all areas of the bilateral relationship including political, security, trade and economy, defense, science and technology, and culture. The Prime Minister visited Russia in July 2015 to attend the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China, South Africa) Summit and then again in December 2015 to attend the annual bilateral summit.

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The relations between India and Germany are found on common democratic principles and are marked by a high degree of trust and mutual respect. India was amongst the first countries to establish diplomatic ties with the Federal Republic of Germany after the Second World War. Relations grew significantly following the end of the Cold War and the reunification of Germany. In the last decade, both economic and political interaction between India and Germany has enhanced. Today, Germany is amongst India’s most important partners both bilaterally and in the global context. PM Shri Narendra Modi paid an official visit to Germany in April 2015 on the occasion of participation of India as Partner Country in the Hannover Messe- 2015. External Affairs Minister Smt. Sushma Swaraj also visited Germany in August 2015!

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The most popular relations of India are with the United States of America. This relation has been talked about all around the globe! India-U.S. 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. The emphasis placed by the Government in India on development and good governance has created opportunity to enhance cooperation under the motto – “Chalein Saath Saath: Forward Together We Go” and “Sanjha Prayas, Sab ka Vikas.” These mottos were adopted during the first two summits of Prime Minister Modi and President Obama. Regular exchange of political visits has provided sustained momentum to bilateral cooperation! Vibrant people-to-people interaction and support across the political spectrum in both countries nurture our relations. PM Modi has also had cordial and supportive relations with the new president of the U.S.A., Mr. Donald Trump.

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As close neighbours, India and Nepal share a unique relationship of friendship and
cooperation characterized by open borders and deep-rooted people-to-people contacts
of kinship and culture. The India-Nepal Treaty of Peace and Friendship of 1950 forms the bedrock of the special relations that exist between India and Nepal. Under the provisions of this Treaty, the Nepalese citizens have enjoyed unparalleled advantages in India, availing facilities and opportunities at par with Indian citizens. Nearly 6 million Nepali citizens live and work in India.

Big countries like China, US, Russia have always been important to India but PM Modi is the first prime minister who focused on developing and maintaining relations with countries that do not hold a powerful position on the world, scenario but are extremely important allies of India. Countries like Mongolia, Cambodia, and central Asian countries like Tajiskistan and Kazakhstan are some of them.  The first-ever Prime Ministerial visit to Mongolia took placed on 17 May 2015.  The two Prime Ministers signed a statement
on ‘Strategic Partnership’ between India and Mongolia. There has been a constant and regular flow of trade in
goods and, more importantly, exchange of ideas and cultural influences between India and Kazakhstan. In July 2015, Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi
visited Kazakhstan. The visit served to further strengthen bilateral relations and expand
strategic partnership between the two countries.

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We’re proud to have a Prime Minister like Mr. Narenda Modi. He has made 56 foreign visits since assuming charge in May 2014. He has established friendly relations with many nations. Along with that, he has stregthened the already established relationships with the other countries too!

We’re reaching the stage of development. We’re establishing friendships, warm relations and bonds. Let us all acknowledge this fact on the International Friendship Day! #JaiHind!

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