Liberians who have acquired some form of higher education from some of India’s universities or other institutions of higher learning were hosted by the Ambassador of India to Liberia, Sierra Leone and Cote d’Ivoire, Mr. Dinesh Bhatia, Wednesday, October 7.
Amb. Bhatia, addressing the Indian-trained Liberian men and women at the India House in Mamba Point, called for a more cohesive relationship between Liberia and India.
He urged the Liberians to use their acquired skills from India to further strengthen the good bilateral ties that already exist between the governments of the two nations, which are on the first and the second largest continents— Asia and Africa.
He stated that friendship between Liberia and India dates back many years, adding that both nations have similarities when it comes to adding value to their peoples’ lives.
“The peoples of both nations have similar ways of thinking. God has blessed both our countries with many natural resources, yet we behave lazily,” he stated.
The gathering was an acquaintance meeting with Liberians, who studied in India through scholarships provided by the Indian Government.
The Indian diplomat encouraged citizens of the two countries to make good use of the rich lands God has blessed them with.
He used the occasion to extend thanks and appreciation to the Liberian Government for keeping strong the good relationship between Liberia and India.
He also encouraged Liberians, who have studied in India to continue being united; adding: “This will keep the friendship strong and long lasting.”
Earlier, Liberia’s Minister of State without Portfolio, Mr. Sylvester Grigsby, thanked the Indian Government for affording Liberians the opportunity to study in India. Minister Grigsby joined Amb. Bhatia in encouraging Indian-trained Liberians to keep the torch burning that will further strengthen the relationship between the two countries.
It was during the tenure of Minister Grigsby as a deputy minister for Foreign Affairs that most of the Liberians attending the meeting, went to India to obtain high academic credentials.
He urged them to be united; adding: “I think most of you here know me because when you were processing your papers to go to India, you always saw my face. I encourage you to continue to be together always as it has started,” he said.
For his part, the Honorary Indian Consul General to Liberia, Upjit Singh Sachdeva, who organized the acquaintance meeting, urged the Indian-trained Liberians to form themselves into an organization, which will keep them together.
Mr. Sachdeva told the Liberians that the Indian Consulate would support such a venture of togetherness.
He disclosed that when that is done, he would sponsor the organization to celebrate the observance of some of the important holidays of both India and Liberia.
The meeting on Wednesday was the second meeting of India-trained Liberians with an Indian Ambassador accrdited to Liberia. The first one was hosted by Ambassador Anil K. Sharan. The Wednesday meeting brought together over 50 Liberians who received training in various disciplines in India.