By : Admin
The India embassy to Khartoum commemorated the 75 years of India’s Independence which falls on 15 Aug, 2022, was inaugurated by lighting of an auspicious lamp by Chief Guest H.E. Mr. Al-Hadi Mohamed Ibrahim Abd Allah, Hon’ble Minister of Investment and International Cooperation, Government of Republic of the Sudan accompanied by HE Amb. Al Zain al Sadiq al Zain, Head of Asia Division at Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Government of Republic of the Sudan, HE Ambassador Mohamed Maoulainine, Ambassador of Morocco and Dean of the Diplomatic Corps, HE Mr. Volker Perthes, UNSG’s Special Representative & Head of UNITAMS, Ambassador of India, Mr. Ravindra Prasad Jaiswal and his spouse Mrs. Amrita Jaiswal on April 1, 2021 at Corinthia Hotel, Khartoum. The event was very well attended by over 200 guests including many Sudanese government dignitaries, members of the diplomatic corps and international organisations, well-known people from the cross-section of Sudanese society, friends of India and members of Indian community.
In his welcome remarks, Ambassador Ravindra Prasad Jaiswal highlighted the resolve behind the event and the efforts by the Government of India to meet the expectation of the people of India and transform India into a “New India” by 75 years of its independence through targeted and mission mode action on a no. of flagship schemes like ‘Make in India’ ‘Self-reliant India’ and through popular participation that is Sabka Saath Sabka Vikas (collective efforts inclusive growth), and how the international outlook of India, Vasuadaiva Kutumbukam (The world is one family) and Sarve Bhavantu Sukhinah (may all be happy), has helped various countries in meeting not only their developmental needs but also their emergency needs including all possible help in the containment and treatment of the current pandemic, across the world, including Africa and Sudan. He also highlighted the important role of the Indian diaspora in India’s growth story and them being the torchbearers of Indian culture and values abroad, expressing hope that the Embassy would receive all help from various relevant bodies and people in Sudan towards the extended celebrations of India@75.
The Chief Guest in his remarks highlighted the time-tested and strong India-Sudan bilateral relations and how India has been of help in many emergencies, including the recent food aid during the pandemic and record-breaking floods, expressing gratitude to India for always being there in time of need. He also expressed hope that cultural ties between India and Sudan will get a boost in times to come.
HE Mrs. Patricia Maria Oliveria Lima, Ambassador of Brazil to Sudan spoke about the important role played by India along with other IBSA countries in job creation for youth in Sudan. Following her, H.E. Mr. Yuri Afanasiev, UNDP Country Representative, who earlier had a four-year stint in New Delhi in the same capacity, spoke eloquently about “India: as seen by him” wherein he highlighted the impressive culture and traditions of India along with its impressive international role, including in helping the UN in various ways – the largest troop-contributing country (TCC) and one of the largest fund contributors among the countries of the South. HE Mr. Volker Perthes, UNSG’s Special Representative & Head of UNITAMS, in his personal interaction with Ambassador Ravindra Prasad Jaiswal expressed gratitude to India for extending help to the UN, especially in donating Covid vaccines for UN peacekeepers.