Guest Contributor | May 16, 2017 | 0
BRICS partner celebrates 67 years
The State of India celebrated 67 years of independence at the beginning of this week with the High Commission in Windhoek hosting a grand reception to match the importance of the occasion.
The reception was hosted by the Indian High Commissioner, HE Kumar Tuhin at the Safari Court Conference Centre, to celebrate the 67th Republic Day of India. Hon Dr. Peya Mushelenga, the Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation was the Chief Guest.
The event with started the singing of the Indian and Namibian National Anthems. This was followed by lighting the traditional Indian Lamp after which the HE Tuhin gave his official address. Hon Mushelenga then congratulated the High Commissioner as representative of his country’s government.
A large number of Namibian dignitaries including Hon Bishop Zephania Kameeta, the Minister of Poverty Eradication and Social Welfare, several Permanent Secretaries, the Chiefs of the Namibian Armed Forces and other senior government officials as well as many members of the Diplomatic Corps attended the auspicious reception.
In his address, the High Commissioner of India highlighted the continued friendly and strong relations between India and Namibia, marked by trust and mutual understanding. He recalled the landmark visit of President Hage Geingob, to India in October 2015 for the 3rd India Africa Forum Summit and his discussions with the Prime Minister of India, Mr. Narendra Modi. This historic meeting laid a strong foundation for further strengthening of bilateral cooperation in several areas. The High Commissioner mentioned that exchanges and interactions between India and Namibia are expected to intensify this year.
Earlier in the day, a flag hoisting ceremony was organised at the premises of the High Commission in Windhoek. A large number of Indian community members attended the event. After the flag hoisting, the High Commissioner read out the official address by the President of India.