Obama congratulates Satyarthi, Malala

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Washington
  • Updated: Oct 11, 2014 00:05 IST

President Barack Obama on Friday congratulated Kailash Satyarthi and Malala Yousafzai calling their Nobel “a victory for all who strive to uphold the dignity of every human being”.

Himself a Nobel peace laureate from 2009, Obama also said that despite their difference background, they share an “unshakeable belief in the basic dignity of every girl and boy”.

The president his wife Michelle Obama and their elder daughter Malia met Yousafzai at the White House in 2013, during her visit to promote her memoir “I am Malala”.

“We were awe-struck by her courage and filled with hope knowing this is only the beginning of her extraordinary efforts to make the world a better place,” he said, recalling that meeting.

About Satyarthi, Obama said, “The true measure of Kailash’s efforts is not a single prize he has been awarded, but the tens of thousands of people who today live with freedom and dignity thanks to his efforts.”

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