Tuesday, February 27, 2024

Iranian Delegation Extends Invitation and Collaboration at the Golden Temple

by Manjari Singh

In a gesture of cultural exchange and goodwill, a delegation from Iran made a notable visit to the revered Golden Temple. The delegation, comprising esteemed members including Dr. Ali Abbasi, Vice Chancellor of Al-Mustafa International University, Raza Shekri, Dr. Murtaza Shani, Dr. Athar Jafri from Delhi University, and Ali Akbar Shah, paid homage at the spiritual heart of Sikhism.

Source: Punjab News Express TV, YouTube

During their visit, the delegation had the privilege of meeting with Giani Raghbir Singh, the chief granthi, and Jathedar of Akal Takht Sahib, along with Harjinder Singh Dhami, the president of the Shiromani Gurdwara Parbandhak Committee. The discussions held during this encounter were marked by mutual respect and a shared desire for collaboration.

One of the highlights of the meeting was the delegation extending a warm invitation to the Sikh leaders to visit Iran and explore the Sikh religious sites nestled within its borders. This invitation underscores a commitment to fostering cultural understanding and friendship across borders.

In a statement following the meeting, Harjinder Singh Dhami expressed gratitude for the hospitality extended by the Iranian delegation. He highlighted that the delegation comprised distinguished educators and faculty members from various universities, indicating a shared interest in academic and cultural exchange.

Dr. Ali Abbasi, representing the Iranian delegation, emphasized the historical and cultural connections between Iran and Sikhism, as well as other religions in India. He expressed optimism about the potential for collaboration in diverse fields such as religious history, language development, education, and culture.

The discussions held at the Akal Takht Sahib secretariat were characterized by an atmosphere of openness and mutual respect, laying the groundwork for future cooperation between the two communities. Both sides acknowledged the importance of dialogue and collaboration in promoting peace and understanding in today’s interconnected world.

As the delegation bid farewell to the Golden Temple, the exchange of ideas and goodwill promises to serve as a beacon of friendship between Iran and India. This visit not only enriches the fabric of cultural exchange but also exemplifies the power of dialogue in bridging divides and fostering meaningful connections across borders.

Manjari Singh

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