Mubarak conferred Nehru Award for International Understanding

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New Delhi, Nov 18 (UNI) Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak, who was today conferred the prestigious Jawaharlal Nehru Award for International Understanding-1995, sought India's partnership in tackling the challenges facing the world.

Recalling the first Prime Minister of India, Jawaharlal Nehru's vision and approach to the world relations, Mr Mubarak said '' they were needed a most today when conflicts and global economic crisis, food security and climate change threatening to destablisise the world.'' ''By joining hands with India, we will be able to contribute in tackling these affectively,'' he added.

The Eyptian President said Pandit Nehru's life and legacy continued to be source of inspiration to the whole world.

He underlined that Pandit Nehru and Egyptian leader Jamal Abdul Nasser inspired the sruggle against colonialism and said '' the Non-Aligned Movement was alive even today.'' He also mentioned that 15th NAM Summit would be held at Sharm El Sheikh, Egypt next year.

Earlier conferring the award on Hosni Mubarak, President Pratibha Patil underlined his efforts to promote peace in the West Asian region.

She said Mr Mubarak symbolises the aspiration of NAM countries.

Chairman of the jury who selected Mr Mubarak for the honour, Vice-President Mohammed Hamid Ansari said India and Egypt need to work together to achieve inclusive economic growth.

''The world recognises your commitment to peace in West Asia,'' he added.

The citation described Mr Mubarak as an outstanding world leader who, with his moderation, has been able to reduce regional tension.

Chairman of the Indian Council of Cultural Relations Dr Karan Singh said the Egyptian leader had stood in commitment to the world peace.

He said Mr Mubarak's economic leadership and his approach to international relations match to Pandit Nehru's.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Home Minister Shivraj Patil, External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee and other dignataries were also present on the occasion.

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