On January 21, 2014, the Indian embassy organized the celebration of India’s 65th Republic Day at the Hilton Hotel. Sanjay Verma, India’s Ambassador to Ethiopia opened the event with the national anthem of India.
Ambassadors from more than thirty states as well as Debretsion Gebremichale, deputy prime minister and Minister of Communication and Information Technology, and Berhane Gebre-Christos, State Minister of Foreign Affairs attended the event.
“Ethiopia and India cooperate closely on regional issues and work together to contribute to peace and stability in other parts of the world and the sub-regions in the Horn of Africa,” said Berhane during his address to the assembly.
Ambassador Verma said that after almost two hundred years of British rule all Indian patriots rejoice to see their country free.
“It was the birth of a new nation and a new beginning for a diverse country like India which celebrates three national days: the birthday of Mahatama Gandhi, Independence Day and Republic Day,” he said.
Ethiopia is the first African country to start political ties with India. The second largest investment in Ethiopia is provided by Indian companies largely in agro processing and mining.