Suva : Fiji was the first place where the Indian national flag was hoisted on the occasion of the 72nd Independence Day.
INS (Indian Naval Ship) Sahydri paraded the Guard and the flag was hoisted by the High Commissioner of India, Vishwas Sapkal along with Defence Advise Captain Manish Rai, and CO, INS Sahyadri Captain Shantanu Jha.
This was the first instance where an Indian Naval Ship celebrated India’s Independence Day at Fiji.
Meanwhile, US Secretary of State Michael R. Pompeo also wished the nation on the 72nd Independence Day.
Pompeo in a statement said, “On behalf of the Government of the United States of America, I extend my best wishes to the people and government of India on their Independence Day. Since gaining its Independence 71 years ago today, India has set an example for South Asia and the world by supporting democracy, diversity, and the rule of law-values shared by the United States.”
Meanwhile, hundreds of Indians assembled in the Indian Embassy in Poland and were greeted by newly-appointed Indian Ambassador Tsewang Namgyal.
Namgyal unfurled the Tricolour and joined the people there when the national anthem was played at the venue. He then read a message by President Ram Nath Kovind delivered on the eve of Independence Day.
In Kathmandu, the Indian embassy felicitated the families of the martyred personnel of the Indian armed forces on the 72nd Independence day, with Ambassador Manjeev Singh Puri hoisting the national flag and reading out the message of President Ram Nath Kovind.
According to a statement of the Indian embassy, a disabled ex-serviceman was also honoured. It said dues of over Rs 5 crore were distributed among the recipients.