KOHIMA: The ongoing Hornbill Festival witnessed a celebration of the 60th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Peru and India on December 7 at Kohima’s Kisama village.
Peruvian Ambassador to India, Javier Paulinich, addressed the gathering as the chief guest during the traditional “gate pulling ceremony”.
Speaking at the event, Ambassador Paulinich highlighted the deep-rooted connection between the two nations, marking the significant milestone of 60 years of diplomatic relations.
“This year marks the 60th anniversary of diplomatic relations between our countries, a proof of the friendship that has flourished over the decades,” said Ambassador Paulinich, underscoring the enduring nature of the bond that transcends geographical boundaries.
Highlighting the recent economic partnerships, he noted that both nations have forged robust collaborations in trade, technology, and innovation.
The economic relationship is grounded in the unique opportunities presented by India’s vibrant information technology sector and Peru’s expanding industries, he said.
Ambassador Paulinich also drew attention to the shared rich tapestry of ancient cultures.
Drawing parallels between the Caral-Supe civilisation in Peru and Indus Valley civilisation, Paulinich stressed on similarities between the oldest civilisations and their cultures.
“The commitment to promote Naga traditions, exemplified by events such as the Hornbill Festival, resonates deeply with us. It is a reminder that, despite the geographical distance, our cultural bonds are unbreakable, and events like these serve as bridges that connect countries,” Ambassador Paulinich expressed, appreciating the significance of cultural exchanges.
He also extended “heartfelt appreciation” to Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio for the gracious invitation to Peru, acknowledging the importance of such cultural events in strengthening international ties.
The Hornbill Festival, with its vibrant display of Naga traditions and cultural heritage, is on till December 10 at the Kisama Village.