AS India celebrated its 64th Republic Day yesterday, the Indian government is optimistic that its relationship with Fiji will strengthen further in years to come.
India's High Commissioner to Fiji Vinod Kumar said both countries had co-operated well in areas such as health and education since Fiji gained independence.
Mr Kumar said India had shared its developmental experiences with Fiji in the areas of human resource development.
"We are also happy to see there is a high level of exchange between India and Fiji," he said.
Mr Kumar said India was happy that the relationship between the two countries had been growing well and called on all Fijians to assist in strengthening the relations.
"Both India and Fiji are developing countries, and as developing countries we have been co-operating closely in various multi-national institutions and we are happy that Fiji is taking a bigger role in international affairs especially in the group of developing countries and hope that our co-operation will further grow."
Speaking on behalf of the Indian government, Mr Kumar conveyed best wishes to the people of Fiji as they journey towards the adoption of a new constitution and elections in 2014.
India's constitution came into force in 1950 and with that India's independence was completed. India became a republic.
Hundreds gathered at the India House in Tamavua yesterday to be part of the historical event. Mr Kumar hoisted the Indian flag and read excerpts from the national address by India's president Pranab Mukherjee, followed by patriotic songs.