10 July:Four envoys presented their credentials to the President of India, Smt. Pratibha Devisingh Patil at a ceremony at Rashtrapati Bhavan here today.The Envoys who presented their credentials were:- His Excellency Mr. Khaled Salman, the Ambassador of Lebanon; His Excellency Lt. Gen (Retd.) Andi Muhammad Ghalib, the Ambassador of Indonesia; His Excellency Mr. Voroshilov Enkhbold, the Ambassador of Mongolia and; His Excellency Mr. Manuel Ernesto Picasso Botto.
The President, during her interaction with the Heads of Mission, said that India looked forward to the intensification of its bilateral relations with these countries. While noting that all the Ambassadors who had presented their credentials were from developing countries, the President stated that the main challenge confronting the developing countries was eradication of poverty and development. The President added that the developing countries were the most vulnerable to the impacts of climate change and needed financial resources and technologies to meet the challenge. Referring to the attack on the Embassy of India in Kabul, the President emphasized the need to strengthen international co-operation to fight terrorism which was a major challenge confronting the world.
The credential presentation ceremony was attended by the senior members of the diplomatic missions, senior officials of the Ministry of External Affairs and of Rashtrapati Bhavan.