New Delhi, October 2 (EFE) – Colombian Vice President and Foreign Minister Marta Lucia Ramirez on Saturday sent a message of unity, respect and freedom to achieve peace during a visit to the Mahatma Memorial Gandhi in New Delhi on the occasion of his 152nd birthday.
The vice president, who is in India to organize the production and distribution of vaccines in Colombia, paid tribute to Gandhi on a day celebrated as the International Day of Nonviolence in honor of the Indian pacifist leader.
The Colombian leader, speaking to the media, stressed the importance of Gandhi – known for having defended nonviolent resistance against British colonialism – and his teachings on “unity, freedom and human dignity”.
Ramirez was accompanied by Colombian Minister of Health Fernando Ruiz, Deputy Minister of Knowledge, Innovation and Productivity, Sergio Cristancho; and several other senior officials in the country.
During the tribute, Cristancho said that the figure of Gandhi was “an inspiration not only for all mankind but also for everyone”.
“He teaches how to find peace in the midst of difficult situations. We remember his commitments and his words about the unity (oneness) of people from different places, ”he added.
Following the visit to Gandhi’s memorial, the Colombian foreign minister met with her Indian counterpart, Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, to help her develop a plan to efficiently manufacture and distribute vaccines in the South American nation.
Colombia and India have enjoyed strong bilateral relations for more than 60 years, focusing mainly on cooperation in the fields of defense, trade, science and technology and tourism. EFE
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