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Congratulatory Message from Ms. Yoriko Kawaguchi, Foreign Minister of Japan, to Mr. K. Natwar Singh, Minister of External Affairs of India

Tokyo, 24th May, 2004

May I offer my heartfelt congratulations to Your Excellency, on the occasion of your assumption of the office of Minister of External Affairs.
Japan and India have long been building a strong and close relationship with each other, based upon our historical and cultural ties and shared values such as democracy and market economy. Moreover, both our countries have a significant role to play in shaping the future of Asia and beyond.
Based upon our agreement to establish a Global Partnership, I am determined to work hard to further develop our bilateral relationship. In this regard, I very much look forward to working with Your Excellency, and to having an opportunity to draw upon your rich diplomatic experience.
I sincerely look forward to receiving Your Excellency in Japan in the near future.
My best wishes for your good health and continued success.

Yours sincerely,

Yoriko Kawaguchi
Minister for Foreign Affairs of Japan

His Excellency
Mr. K. Natwar Singh
Minister of External Affairs of India