TEHRAN: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday began his crucial two-day visit to Iran with a visit to the capital city’s only functioning gurdwara.
Modi, the first Indian Prime Minister to visit Iran in 15 years, offered his obeisance at the Bhai Ganga Singh Sabha Gurdwara and spoke to the head priest. He applauded the efforts of the Sikh community in the Persian Gulf nation for preserving and spreading the culture and traditions of India.
“My Iran visit is starting with the blessings before the Guru Granth Sahib at this gurdwara. I am fortunate. I greet you all for having worked on spreading our culture and tradition as well as educating our young generation here,” Modi said.
“We accept all the people as our own and absorb them in our society because we believe in the philosophy of ‘Vasudhaiva Kutumbakam’ — the entire world is one family. Animated by this spirit, we Indians make every country our home,” he added.
Addressing the community here, Modi said, “We are fortunate to have got an opportunity to celebrate the 350th birth anniversary of Guru Gobind Singh. The government is planning to celebrate this occasion in India and other parts of the world.”
He stressed that the young generation should know about the sacrifices of the great Gurus and also learn from the central tenets of the Guru Granth Sahib.
“I have noted several suggestions that have come from your community. I have considered them and I believe that solutions need to be explored through talks. And we will continue this exercise. Let us all work together to serve humanity,” he said.
Earlier just after reaching Tehran, Modi tweeted, “Reached Iran, a land with whom India shares civilisational ties. Hope to enhance economic partnership between our nations. I also hope my Iran visit further cements cultural and people-to-people ties between India and Iran.