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Rashtrapati Bhavan : 16.05.2015

The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee has extended his greetings and felicitations to the King and people of the Kingdom of Norway on the eve of their Constitution Day (May 17, 2015).

In his message toHis Majesty King Harald V, the King of Norway, the President has said, "On behalf of the Government, the people of India and on my own behalf, I have great pleasure in extending to you and to the people of the Kingdom of Norway, warm greetings and felicitations on the occasion of your Constitution Day.

India and Norway enjoy a relationship of friendship and cooperation that has steadily acquired greater substance and significance in recent years.

I warmly recall my State Visit to your beautiful country last year and the gracious hospitality extended to me and to my delegation. It was an occasion when we spoke about all aspects of our bilateral relations and I very much valued your perceptions. The all-round advancement of your nation and people was impressive and inspiring in many ways.

I am pleased to note that following my visit, a large Parliamentary delegation from Norway visited India in February 2015 and significant progress has been made in our bilateral cooperation in higher education and research. We appreciate the enhanced level of Norwegian Global Pension Fund investments in India. Such incremental steps will, no doubt, contribute to further strengthening our bilateral relations. I am confident that the current positive momentum in our collaborative efforts will be sustained in the future to the mutual benefit of our peoples.

Please accept, Your Majesty, my best wishes for your good health and happiness and for the continuing progress and prosperity of the people of Norway”.

This Press Release issued at 1045 hrs.