“United by bonds of blood and history”

─ Guyana joins in celebrating India’s 70th Republic Day

DPI, Guyana, Sunday, January 26, 2020

On Sunday evening, Guyana joined in the observation of the 70th Republic anniversary of India.

At a reception hosted by the Indian High Commission at the Arthur Chung Conference Center (ACCC), His Excellency David Granger extended congratulations to mark the occasion. The Head of State said the two nations are “united by bonds of blood and history”.

“Guyana and India both emerged from British domination in the post-Second World War period. Thousands of Indian indentured immigrants settled in Guyana in the pre-First World War period. Guyana and India are united by bonds of blood and history.”

President Granger noted that the strengthening of cultural and economic ties since the establishment of diplomatic relations on 26 May 1966, has “yielded mutual benefits for both nations.”

Remarking on the collaboration between Guyana and India in the fight against climate change, the President commended the government of India on its proactive approach in the establishment of the International Solar Alliance (ISA) which focused on the mobilisation of resources to produce cleaner and cost-effective renewable energy.

“Guyana applauds India’s leadership in promoting solar energy and technology to bring prosperity, energy security and sustainable development to the peoples of solar-rich countries – the solar belt – of tropical states particularly in Africa, the Americas and Asia,” he remarked.

With Guyana on the verge of transforming into a green state, the Head of State noted that the partnership between the two countries “moves Guyana closer to achieving this objective.”

High Commissioner of India to the Republic of Guyana, Dr. K. J. Srinivasa in his remarks shared similar sentiments and highlighted the cordial relationship the two country’s share.

“The warmth in the relationship continues to grow and we expect it to reach new heights in the near future,” the High Commissioner stated

Dr. Srinivasa used the opportunity to encourage the diaspora to explore ways and means to further the collaboration between the nations.

The event was attended by Prime Minister, Hon. Moses Nagamootoo, ministers and senior government officials, members of the Diplomatic Corps and special guests.

Commemorative stamps issued by the Government of India on the occasion of the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Devji – the founder of Sikhism – were presented to President Granger.

India’s Republic Day is observed on January 26 each year and serves as a reminder of the day when that nation’s constitution came into force in 1950, completing the country’s transition towards becoming an independent republic.

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