President Ram Nath Kovind on his three-nation visit unveiled Mahatma Gandhi’s statue at Switzerland in the presence of the Mayor and President of Canton Vaud and other dignitaries. He explained how Mahatma Gandhi believed in the oneness of humanity and embraced all cultures and people.
Honoured to unveil a statue of Mahatma Gandhi at Villeneuve, Switzerland. Grateful to the Commune of Villeneuve for bringing Gandhiji to the banks of Lake Geneva and for naming the Square after him #PresidentKovind #Gandhi150 pic.twitter.com/hTi2vMMLEM— President of India (@rashtrapatibhvn) September 14, 2019
Speaking on the occasion, Kovind said, "Mahatma Gandhi's life teaches us many things. He built his first hermitage in India on the banks of River Sabarmati. Today, we have brought him to the banks of Lake Geneva. It is a fitting tribute to a man who loved nature and cared so much for it. His legacy shall inspire us as we work together to tackle climate change and to conserve our ecology. As two democracies with a deep respect for diversity, Mahatma Gandhi shall continue to guide us in our shared journey to bring peace and joy for one and all.”
In Switzerland, on Friday, Kovind led the delegation-level talks along with his Swiss counterpart Ueli Maurer and witnessed the signing and exchange of MOUs/agreements between two countries. He arrived in Switzerland on Thursday following the successful completion of his bilateral engagements in Iceland. President Kovind will be leaving for Slovenia, which is the final leg of his visits, on Saturday.
Switzerland is home to high-end technology and India is producing world class human capital.— President of India (@rashtrapatibhvn) September 14, 2019
India ranks as a major global player in areas such as pharmaceuticals, healthcare services, information technology, solar energy, automobiles, space and biotechnology.
In Iceland, he met his counterpart Iceland’s President Guðni Thorlacius Jóhannesson on Tuesday. The two held wide-ranging bilateral talks and discussed trade, investment, and technology. The office of the President thanked Jóhannesson for his understanding of the issue in a tweet.
India has been a victim of cross border terrorism for several decades.— President of India (@rashtrapatibhvn) September 10, 2019
President Kovind thanked President Johannesson for his understanding for India’s core concerns. pic.twitter.com/CY3fouRJ6X