President Ram Nath Kovind on Saturday unveiled a statue of Mahatma Gandhi in Villeneuve, Switzerland, in the presence of Mayor and President of Canton Vaud and other dignitaries.
Speaking on the occasion, President 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.”
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
He further said: “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.”
Adding that Mahatma Gandhi believed in the oneness of humanity and embraced all cultures and all peoples, the President said, “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.”
On Friday, President Kovind held delegation-level talks along with his Swiss counterpart Ueli Maurer and witnessed the signing and exchange of MOUs/agreements between two countries.
President Kovind led delegation level talks with President Maurer of Switzerland; the two sides expressed a strong commitment to strengthen economic and techonology ties. 🇮🇳🇨🇭 pic.twitter.com/u1MmvlLuLb
— President of India (@rashtrapatibhvn) September 13, 2019
President Kovind is currently on a three-nation visit to Iceland, Switzerland, and Slovenia since September 9. He arrived in Switzerland on Thursday following the successful completion of his bilateral engagements in Iceland. He will leave for Slovenia – the final leg of his state visit to three nations – on Sunday.
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