Rt Hon Sir John Key

Sir John Phillip Key is a New Zealand former politician who served as the 38th Prime Minister of New Zealand from 2008 to 2016 and as Leader of the New Zealand National Party from 2006 to 2016. After resigning from both posts in December 2016 and leaving politics, Key was appointed to board of director and chairmanship roles in New Zealand corporations. Key gained the style “The Right Honourable” in 2010 and was appointed a Knight Grand Companion of the New Zealand Order of Merit, in recognition of “services to the State”. Presently, he lives in Aukland with his family.

I am delighted to take this opportunity to congratulate Prime Minister Modi on his 70th birthday.

In 2011 my wife Bronagh and I had our first visit to India and we fondly recall receiving the royal treatment during our visit to the Taj Mahal. We have such fond memories of our personal guided tour around the palace. 

My visits to India as Prime Minister provided great experiences and friendships. Of equal importance was the work we were doing on building even closer links and the prospect of a free trade agreement. After my visit in 2016, Prime Minister Modi and I issued a joint statement. This included a commitment to continue to work towards a high-quality, comprehensive, and balanced bilateral Free Trade Agreement, which would deliver meaningful commercial outcomes to both countries. 

India’s progress under Mr Modi’s administration is praiseworthy. His concern for the wellbeing of his people is in my opinion what drives Mr Modi to seek out best opportunities for his citizens. 

Once again my best wishes to Prime Minister Modi on his 70th  birthday. 


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