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Rashtrapati Bhavan : 16.06.2016

The President of India, Shri Pranab Mukherjee addressed the Indian Community Reception hosted by Indian Ambassador, Shri R. Ravindra in Abidjan,Cote d’Ivoire yesterday (June 15, 2016).

Speaking on the occasion, the President congratulated the Indian Diaspora for their law abiding nature and cooperation with the people of the country of adoption. He said the Indians abroad are aware of their roots and have maintained their links with the past. They are symbols of the soft power of India and unofficial cultural ambassadors of their country.

The President said the Indian community in Cote d’Ivoire has been contributing to the development of this vibrant country through their hard work and professionalism. The greatest contribution of the Indian Diaspora was Mahatma Gandhi who made experiments with truth and non-violence in South Africa which shaped not only his ideology and vision but the future of India.

The President said his visit to Africa was not just symbolic. It was to convey the sense and idea to the people of Africa that India is ready to forge new relationships. India is with you in your struggle to achieve job creation, employment opportunities and a better life to your people.

The President said India is committed to share with Africa our experiences in the process of development and develop a relationship on the basis of expanding cooperation in trade and investment.

This release issued at 1230 hrs.