UN Sec­re­tary Gen­eral Guter­res vis­its

Asian Journal - - WORLD -

Am­rit­sar: United Na­tions Sec­re­tary Gen­eral An­to­nio Guter­res on Wednesday vis­ited Am­rit­sar’s Golden Tem­ple com­plex, where the holi­est of Sikh shrines Har­mandir Sahib is lo­cated.

Guter­res, the first UN head to have vis­ited the shrine, of­fered prayers at the holy tem­ple.

“I want to ex­press my deep re­spect for the re­li­gion of the Sikh peo­ple and this won­der­ful Golden Tem­ple, in which the spirit of peace and tol­er­ance is present. I prayed here as a Catholic but, all peo­ple, from all re­li­gions in the world, can pray in this holy place,” Guter­res said. “There are un­for­tu­nately not many tem­ples in the world where this is pos­si­ble, and this makes me feel very happy to be here and very proud to be in­vited. And, at the same time, it in­creases my ad­mi­ra­tion for the Sikh com­mu­ni­ties ev­ery­where: the Sikh com­mu­nity in In­dia, the Sikh com­mu­nity in my part of the world, in Europe, in North Amer­ica, ev­ery­where where Sikhs are con­tribut­ing to the de­vel­op­ment of our world,” he said.

The UN chief, who was ac­com­pa­nied by Union min­is­ter Hardeep Singh Puri, was taken around the shrine com­plex and the ‘Lan­gar Hall’, the largest com­mu­nity kitchen in the world.

Guter­res, who sported a white cloth to cover his head, ap­pre­ci­ated the work be­ing done at the shrine com­plex. “I want to ex­press to my hosts my deep grat­i­tude and wish you all the best - to the won­der­ful prac­tice that the Golden Tem­ple rep­re­sents, re­ceiv­ing ev­ery­body, shar­ing with ev­ery­body the food, but, more than the food, shar­ing this won­der­ful spirit of peace, of har­mony, of un­der­stand­ing that we badly need in to­day’s world,” he said. Shi­ro­mani Gur­d­wara Par­band­hak Com­mit­tee (SGPC) of­fi­cials ac­com­pa­nied the vis­it­ing dig­ni­tary.

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