Kolkata: President Pranab Mukherjee on Saturday said India remains firmly committed to peace but will use all might to protect the nation’s sovereignty.
The President said India’s increasing eminence draws its strength from the capabilities of our Armed Forces.
“Though we remain firmly committed to peace, we will use all our might to protect the sovereignty of our nation, and I am confident that our valiant men and women in uniform will rise to the occasion. Our Armed Forces reflect our steely resolve to defend our interests,” he added.
President Mukherjee, who awarded Standards to 18 Squadron and 22 Squadron at Hasimara Air Force Station in West Bengal, said both the Squadrons have distinguished themselves in the service of the nation.
“They have a rich history of professional excellence and have served the nation with honour and distinction in peace and during the two wars. The nation honours them today with a deep sense of gratitude and appreciation for their selfless devotion, professionalism and courage in the face of adversity. Though we remain firmly committed to peace, we will use all our might to protect the sovereignty of our nation,” he said. (ANI)