New Delhi, July 25: President Pranab Mukherjee on Saturday expressed confidence that “traditional ties of friendship and cooperation” between India and Maldives will continue to flourish. (Read: Narendra Modi greets Pranab Mukherjee on completion of three years in office) Also Read - From Pranab Mukherjee to Motilal Vora: List of Political Bigwigs Who Passed Away This Year

In a message to Maldivian President Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom on the country’s Independence Day (July 26), Mukherjee said: “I am confident that the traditional ties of friendship and cooperation that exists between two countries will continue to flourish in the years ahead. Also Read - ‘Motivated Excerpts’: Pranab Mukherjee's Son Wants to Review Book Before it is Published in January

“I have great pleasure in extending my warm greetings and best wishes to you and to the friendly people of Maldives on the occasion of your Independence Day and completion of fifty years as an independent nation.” Also Read - Pranab Mukherjee's Book Blames Sonia Gandhi, Manmohan Singh For 2014 Poll Debacle

“This year also marks the golden jubilee year of the establishment of diplomatic relations between our two countries. Please accept, my best wishes for your good health and personal well-being,” Mukherjee said in a statement.