Pranab Mukherjee greets the US on Independence Day

New Delhi: President Pranab Mukherjee has extended his greetings and felicitations to the government and people of the United States on the Independence Day of the country on July 4. "On behalf of the government and the people of India, and on my own behalf, it is with great pleasure that I extend warm greetings and felicitations to you and to the people of the United States of America on the occasion of your Independence Day," Mukherjee said in a message to his US counterpart Barack Obama. Mukherjee also expressed satisfaction over the relations between the two countries.  "It is a matter of satisfaction that the close relations between India and the US are based on the shared values of democracy, pluralism and rule of law -- and strengthened by our increasing convergence on bilateral, regional and global issues.  "Over the years, we have built on our numerous synergies to achieve the common goals identified by us -- for the good of our two peoples, peace, progress and prosperity in the world," he said.  The President said that the recent high-level interactions between Obama and Prime Minister Narendra Modi had helped enhance mutual understanding and brought the two countries closer. "I am confident that the positive outcomes of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's recent visit to the US will contribute to the further strengthening of our strategic partnership," he added.  "I take this opportunity to convey to you my best wishes for your good health and well-being as well as for the continued progress and prosperity of the people of the United States," Mukherjee said.