Indian Ambassador Ajit Gupte and Chairman of Arab Contractors Club Mohamed Mohsen Salah flagged off the race
Around 100 people from the embassy, the Arab Contractors Club, and other sports clubs participated in the event.
Ambassador of India in Egypt Ajit Gupte and Chairman of the Arab Contractors Club Mohamed Mohsen Salah flagged off the race.
Ambassador and Vice President of the club Hossam Imam presented shields and medals to the winners of the race.
Gupte and Salah delivered speeches in the beginning of the event; Gupte spoke about the strong India-Egypt relations and the significance of the National Unity Day.
"The relations between our two countries are historical and cordial. There have been several high-level visits in the recent past. The defence ninister of India visited Egypt last month and met with the Egyptian and Indian presidents. Similarly, External Affairs Minister of India S Jaishnakar visited Egypt less than two weeks back and met with the president of Egypt, foreign minister, and other ministers of Egypt," Gupte stated.
The ambassador pointed out that this year India-Egypt are celebrating 75 years on the establishment of diplomatic relations and the embassies of the two countries are organising several events in each other’s countries. He highlighted, "this race provided a unique opportunity for all of us, including the participants, to come together as a symbol of the unity between our two friendly countries."
India celebrates its National Unity Day on 31 October every year to mark the birth anniversary of Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel who was the first deputy prime minister and home minister of India.
Patel ensured the peaceful integration of the princely Indian states into the Indian Union and the political unification of India.
To honour the leader, the Statue of Unity was built in Gujarat as the world's tallest statue at a height of 182 metres.
The day aims to inculcate the emotion of unity in diversity among all Indian citizens. It also reminds citizens to honour the national leader and encourages them to make efforts to maintain peace and harmony in the country.