Indian minister unveils Ghandi's statue in Finland

Source: Xinhua| 2019-09-21 14:04:05|Editor: Xiaoxia
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HELSINKI, Sept. 20 (Xinhua) -- Indian External Affairs Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar unveiled here on Friday a statue of Mahatma Ghandi, the famous Indian anti-colonial nationalist.

The statue is designed by Indian sculptor Gautam Pal and currently erected at the Allotria Park in east central Helsinki, which depicts Ghandi during the Salt March in 1930, a non-violent resistance against British colonialism in India.

At a joint press conference between Jaishankar and Finnish Foreign Affairs Minister Pekka Haavisto on Friday, Haavisto said observers should be permitted to access regional conflicts in South Asia, whereas Jaishankar said "India is a democracy and independent since 1947, and it does not need observers to certify it."

Jaishankar, who is on a visit from Thursday to Saturday, also met Finnish President Sauli Niinisto and Finnish Prime Minister Antti Rinne to discuss bilateral ties as well as international and regional issues.