Warsaw: The Indian Community celebrated Republic Day in Poland with great enthusiasm despite intense cold weather and rains.
Indians on Tuesday assembled at the newly built Indian embassy in great numbers, many coming from other cities such as Krakow and Gdansk.
Indian ambassador to Poland Ajay Bisaria unfurled the tricolour and read out President Pranab Mukherjee’s speech.
Bisaria told the assembly that a Polish delegation led by the deputy Prime Minister will attend the ‘Make In India’ festival in Mumbai in February and that trade between the two countries will touch $5 billion by the end of 2017.(IANS)(image: weiku.com)
India on Saturday condoled the death of former UN Secretary General and Nobel laureate Kofi Annan with President Ram Nath Kovind expressing his condolences to the former Ghanaian diplomat’s family and the UN community as a whole.
“Sorry to learn of the passing of former Secretary General of the United Nations Kofi Annan,” Kovind said on the Rashtrapati Bhavan Twitter handle.
“My condolences to his family and to the UN community,” he stated.
Annan, 80, died on Saturday in Switzerland after a short illness, with his wife and three children by his side.
“It is with immense sadness that the Annan family and the Kofi Annan Foundation announce that the former Secretary General of the UN and Nobel Peace Laureate, passed away peacefully on Saturday 18th August after a short illness,” his family said.
Annan was the first black African to take up the role of the world’s top diplomat, serving two terms from 1997 to 2006. He later served as the UN special envoy for Syria, leading efforts to find a peaceful solution to the conflict.
He also led a UN commission to investigate the Rohingya refugee crisis in Myanmar.
The Myanmar government led by Aung San Suu Kyi supported Annan’s recommendations on the crisis in the country’s Rakhine State.