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A community welcome was accorded to Minister of State for External Affairs and Parliamentary Affairs of India, V Muraleedharan, at the Ashoka Hall of the Indian Cultural Centre (ICC), on May 8. The reception was hosted by the ICC in association with ICBF, IBPC and ISC.
The event was attended by Ambassador of India to Qatar HE Dr Deepak Mittal, Joint Secretay at the Indian Embassy Vipul, Director External Affairs Chandru, First Secretary Xavier Dhanraj and other officials from the Indian Embassy.
ICC President PN Baburagan welcomed the minister with a flower bouquet. ICBF President Vinod Nair, ISC President Dr Mohan Thomas, IBPC President Jafer Sadik, leaders of various associate organisations and Indian community leaders attended the reception.
Some 800 people attended the event, where a golden pearl memento was presented to Murleedharan by the presidents of all the apex bodies.
In his address, Murleedharan highlighted India’s contributions to the global community during the COVID-19 pandemic and also during war-like situations in various parts of the world by supplying essential items to the needy people. Murleedharn assured the Indian community leaders that various concerns raised by them related to visas for parents visiting Qatar and job-related issues will be discussed with Qatar officials and within the Ministry of External Affairs.
Earlier, on arrival at the ICC, Murleedhran was given a Kerela-style welcome. The minister unveiled a statue of Mahatma Gandhi. A video of the event held by ICC and other apex bodies as a part of ‘Azadi Ka Amrut Mahatsov’ was shown on the occasion. Various forms of dances depicting the cultural diversity of India, performed by the members of the Indian community, were part of the event.
Subramanya Hebbagelu, ICC vice president; Krishana Kumar, ICC general secretary; Sudhir Gupta, Arshad Ali, Shweta Koshti, Sajeev Satysheelan, Mohan Kumar, Kamal Thakur and Afzal coordinated the event to make it a grand success.
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