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PNG Prime Minister Peter O'Neill pays Respect at Mahatma Gandhi Memorial

The visit to India by Papua New Guinea Prime Minister Peter O’Neill   officially began this morning when the Prime Minister and his delegation paid their respects Mahatma Gandhi.

Accompanied by Papua New Guinean political leaders and business representatives, the Prime Minister laid a wreath at the Raj Ghat, which is the place where Mahatma Gandhi was cremated the day following his assassination in 1948.

Following the visit to Raj Ghat, Prime Minister  Peter O’Neill paid tribute to Mahatma Gandhi and the impact that he had on India and the world.

“Today our delegation paid respect to a great Leader, who through his word and deed, inspired hundreds of millions of people.

“Mahatma Gandhi led by example and through his commitment to non-violent protest brought about enormous change for India and led the country to independence in 1947.

“It was certainly humbling to visit the memorial to Mahatma Gandhi and gave us time to reflect on his achievements.

“As a grassroots leader who brought about change and independence for India he is revered by people around the world.

“It is a tragedy that such a man of peace was assassinated.

“His legacy lives on with India being a thriving democracy of more than a billion people.”

At the conclusion of the visit to Raj Ghat the Prime Minister was presented with a bust of Mahatma Gandhi that will be displayed in Port Moresby.

The Raj Ghat memorial is humble in design, a simple black marble platform with an eternal flame.

Born in the year 1869, Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi and was assassinated in Delhi on 30 January 1948.

The Prime Minister’s visit continues with a series of meetings with India’s elected leaders and business representatives where opportunities will be explored that will increase trade and create new opportunities for cultural exchange.

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