President greets Italy on Republic Day eve

New Delhi, June 1 (IANS) President Pranab Mukherjee on Monday greeted the government and people of Italy on the eve of its Republic Day, saying bilateral ties between the two nations were rooted in “strong foundations of shared values, democracy and pluralism”.

In a message to Italian President Sergio Mattarella, Mukherjee said: “On behalf of the government, people of India and on my own behalf, it gives me great pleasure to convey to you and to the people of Italy warm greetings and felicitations on the occasion of your Republic Day.”

“Bilateral ties between our two nations are rooted in strong foundations of shared values, democracy and pluralism and we look forward to advancing our partnership in various areas of mutual interest.”

“Excellency, my best wishes for your good health and personal well being and for the continued progress of the people of the Republic of Italy,” the President added.

On June 2, 1946, Italians voted against monarchy, favouring a republic.

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