Patil congratulates Russian president

May 8th, 2008 - 9:01 pm ICT by admin  

A file-photo of Pratibha Patil

New Delhi, May 8 (IANS) President Pratibha Patil Thursday congratulated Russia’s President Dmitry Medvedev on assuming office and said she looked forward to his visit to India later this year. “India and Russia enjoy longstanding and time-tested ties of friendship and co-operation extending over a wide-range of areas,” Patil said in her message of felicitation.

“We would look forward to your support and advice to further broaden and deepen the strategic partnership between our two countries,” the president said.

“It would be our honour and pleasure to receive you in India later this year,” she said.

Medvedev, 42, a long-time ally of former Russian president Vladimir Putin, was sworn in as Russia’s third president at a Kremlin ceremony Wednesday.

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