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Celebration of International Day of Non-Violence on October 5, 2021

Oct 06, 2021


 

The Embassy of India, Lebanon, with the cooperation of Association for the Development of Lebanese-Indian Relations, ADLIR celebrated the International Day of Non-Violence on October 5.

 

The International Day of Non-Violence falls every year on October 2, the birthday of Mahatma Gandhi, after the UN General Assembly unanimously approved this commemoration in June 2007.

 

Her Excellency Ambassador Joanna Wronecka, UN Special Coordinator for Lebanon was the keynote speaker for the event. Other speakers included Dr Suhel Ajaz Khan, Ambassador of India to Lebanon, Her Excellency Dr Manal Abdel Samad, Former Minister, Mr. Melhem Khalaf, Head of Beirut Bar Association, Mr. Haitham Sayyad, Advisor and the Representative of Governor of Beirut Judge Marwan Abboud and Ms. Maryam Schuman, representing ADLIR.

 

Other dignitaries who attended the event included, Her Excellency Ambassador Caroline Ziade, Director International Organizations at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and representative of His Excellency Dr Abdallah Bou Habib, Minister of Foreign Affairs and Emigrants, Major General Stefano del Col, Head of Mission and Force Commander of UNIFIL, Ambassadors of Srilanka, Bangladesh and Turkey and representatives of various embassies, International organisations, Lebanese civil society and Indian diaspora.

 

The speakers recalled the teachings of Mahatma Gandhi of Truth and Non-Violence and underlined its continued relevance in today’s World.

 

An announcement was also made on behalf of the Governor of Beirut that a public space in Beirut will soon be named after Mahatma Gandhi.

 

The event was shifted to the Embassy premises from the previously planned venue at the Lebanese American University due to an electric fault at the University Campus.

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