Congratulating Indians on their 62nd Republic Day, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton on Thursday said that people of India and America are working together to construct an indispensable partnership for the 21st century to promote a secure and stable world.
"I join President Obama and the American people in congratulating the people of India as they celebrate the 62nd anniversary of Republic Day this January 26," Clinton said in a statement.
Clinton said the two nations are bound together by mutual respect, shared values, and the freedoms enshrined the Constitutions.
"Our people and governments are forging an even stronger strategic partnership to promote a secure and stable world, and support even greater cooperation on economic development, open government, and democratic values," she added.
"I look forward to my visit to India in April to advance our efforts during the next session of our Strategic Dialogue," Clinton said.
Clinton would be leading a high power US delegation to India in April for the next round of strategic talks.
"The people of the United States and India -- united by these shared values and commitment to a safer, more secure world -- are working together to construct what President Obama has called an indispensable partnership for the 21st century," Clinton said.
Meanwhile, the Indian Ambassador to the US Meera Shankar unfurled the national flag at the Indian Embassy in Washington on the occasion of the Republic Day in presence of a large number of Indian Americans.
The speech of the President was also read on the occasion.
The Republic Day functions were also organised at the Indian Consulates in New York, Chicago, San Francisco and Houston; besides the Permanent Mission of India to the United Nations in New York.