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Arab leaders feel Gandhian way vital to address conflicts

world Updated: Oct 05, 2009 13:55 IST
Mahatma Gandhi

Arab League leaders feel that Gandhian principles should be revisited to address "conflicts of today's world" as they help enhance relationship between the third world and the West.

The observations were made during a conference held at the Arab League Headquarters here yesterday by the Indian embassy on the occasion of 140th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi, which is celebrated as UN International Day of Non-violence.

The Arab leaders reached the conclusion that the experiment of Mahatma Gandhi needs to be revisited to address the conflicts of today's world.

In his opening remarks, Indian Ambassador to Egypt R Swaminathan said: "Gandhi is a symbol of a person who was able to achieve independence for India as a result of his pacifist approach which drew the attention of the world."

League Secretary General Amr Musa said: "Gandhi supported Palestinians and their rights. He also supported us here in Egypt. He enjoyed strong relations with the Egyptian leader Sa'ad Zaghloul, the leader of the 1919 revolution against British occupation."

The attendees also touched on the ancient strong ties between Egypt and the Arab world on one side and India on the other and the meeting points of both these civilisations on the cultural, political and economic points.