Guwahati: Australian prime minister Scott Morrison sent "warm congratulations to the people of India" ahead of the country's 74th Independence Day on August 15.
In his message, Morrison highlighted the "elevation of bilateral relations to a Comprehensive Strategic Partnership" between India and Australia.
Australian PM Morrison also used Hindi words to describe the friendship with India as he mentioned that it is founded upon 'bharosa' (trust) and 'samman' (respect) and marked by democracy, defence cooperation, diaspora and 'dosti' (mateship).
"Our partnership is geared for the common good of our region and the global community, and this will be critical as we work to overcome the health, social and economic impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic," Morrison stated in his message.
"The deep friendship between Australia and India is about more than trade and diplomacy. Founded on bharosa (trust) and samman (respect) - it is a friendship with depth, and marked by democracy, defence cooperation, diaspora and dosti (mateship)," he further added.
The Australian PM asserted that India "is now our biggest source of migrants". He said that India's presence has contributed to Australia becoming "the most successful multicultural nation on earth."
As per reports, Morrison had held a virtual summit with Prime Minister Narendra Modi in June after his visit to India was cancelled due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.
During the summit on June 4, several agreements, including one on mutual sharing of military logistics facilities, were signed.