The Hon. Scott Morrison MP

Prime Minister

MESSAGE FROM THE PRIME MINISTER

INDIA REPUBLIC DAY 2021

I am delighted to send my best wishes to everyone celebrating India’s Republic Day.

It is a wonderful coincidence of history that Australia and India share 26 January as our national day.

Of course, we share more than a day on the calendar. Australia and India are guided by the same ideals: of democracy, freedom, and the rule of law.

Our shared history is long, and our connections are many. We are friends and natural partners – and each year we draw even closer.

As nations, 2020 will be remembered as a pivotal moment in our friendship. Seven months ago, Prime Minister Modi and I announced a Comprehensive Strategic Partnership. This major step forward for our trade and investment, defence and scientific partnerships, as well as cooperation on maritime, cyber and critical technology, speaks to our trust in each other.

This year our nations have responded to a global pandemic. This has meant the free flow of peoples between our two countries is not what it traditionally has been.

However, I want to assure you that Australia longs for when we can welcome our Indian friends, family and students back to our shores. Like you, we look forward to the day when we can move more freely and we are safely on the other side of the pandemic.

Today, as you celebrate your national day, know that your friends in Australia are celebrating too – and share your pride, confidence and optimism.

Happy Republic Day.

The Hon Scott Morrison MP

Prime Minister of Australia

26 January 2021