Colombia sends message of unity and peace in memory of Mahatma Gandhi
New Delhi, Oct 2 (EFE)- Colombia’s Vice President and Foreign Minister Marta Lucia Ramirez sent a message on Saturday of unity, respect and freedom to achieve peace during a visit to the memorial of Mahatma Gandhi in New Delhi on the occasion of his 152nd birth anniversary.
The vice president, who is in India for arrangements to produce and distribute vaccines in Colombia, paid tributes to Gandhi on a day observed as the International Day of Non-Violence to honor the Indian pacifist leader.
The Colombian leader, addressing the media, stressed on the importance of Gandhi – known for championing non-violent resistance against British colonialism – and his teachings of “unity, freedom and human dignity.”
Ramirez was accompainied by Colombian Health Minister Fernando Ruiz, Vice Minister of Knowledge, Innovation and Productivity, Sergio Cristancho; and several other leaders senior officials from the country.
During the homage, Cristancho said that the figure of Gandhi was “an inspiration not only for all humanity but also for all the world.”
“He teaches how to to find the peace in the middle of difficult situations. We remember his commitments and words about the unity (oneness) of people from different places,” he added.
After the visit to Gandhi’s memorial, the Colombian foreign minister met her Indian counterpart, Subrahmanyam Jaishankar, to help chalk out a plan to manufacture and distribute vaccines effectively in the South American nation.
Colombia and India have maintained strong bilateral relations for more than 60 years, focusing mainly on cooperation in defense, trade, science and technology, and tourism. EFE