BY SHRI K R NARAYANAN, PRESIDENT OF INDIA, WHILE ACCEPTING THE CREDENTIALS
FROM DR. CEDOMIR STRBAC, AMBASSADOR-DESIGNATE OF THE FEDERAL
REPUBLIS OF YUGOSLAVIA TO INDIA
NEW DELHI, SEPTEMBER 30, 1997
It gives me great
pleasure to accept your credentials as the Ambassador Extraordinary and
Plenipotentiary of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia to India. I extend
a warm welcome to you as the first Ambassador of the Federal Republic
of Yugoslavia to India.
with Yugoslavia have traditionally been characterized by warmth and goodwill,
and have deep roots in history. Our contacts date back to the 18th century
and there has been a long-standing interest in Yugoslavia in Indology
and Indian culture. The relationship between us was further strengthened
by the personal bonds of friendship between Pandit Nehru and President
Tito, who were founders of the Nonaligned Movement.
Our bilateral contacts
continued even during the period of UN sanctions against your country.
It is a matter of satisfaction that our relations now stand upgraded to
Ambassadorial level. We feel particularly encouraged by the recent intensification
of our bilateral exchanges after the lifting of UN sanctions against the
Federal Republic of Yugoslavia with effect from 1st October 1996. Transitional
difficulties in our ties arising out of such sanctions have now been left
well behind and we look forward to a period of rapid growth in our cooperation
in all spheres to the benefit of our two countries and peoples.
has nurtured, sustained and strengthened its democratic traditions and
institutions for over half a century. The pluralistic character of our
society has contributed to the building of a dynamic and multifaceted
India. We take pride in being the largest democracy in the world and remain
unswerving in our commitment to the principles of political pluralism
and democracy adopted by the founding fathers of modern India. It is only
natural therefore, that we have welcomed and supported the transition
of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia to a multi-party democracy. This
has brought us closer together in terms of basic values, aspirations and
orientation. We are also happy that a measure of normalcy has returned
to the Yugoslav region and that democratic processes are underway in all
We in India, have
followed with interest the economic reforms recently undertaken by the
Federal Republic of Yugoslavia in an effort to invigorate its economy.
Over the last few years India too has pursued a programme of economic
reforms, deregulation and liberalisation. These measures have put the
Indian economy on a path of sustained and high economic growth. The economic
changes in our respective countries have opened new avenues for our bilateral
interaction. We need to exploit the untapped potential for such cooperation
and impart even greater vigour and content to our bilateral relations.
I am confident that your efforts while in India would contribute to a
further strengthening of our close and friendly bilateral ties in all
myself of this opportunity, I would like to assure you of the full cooperation
and support of the Government of India on all issues relating to our bilateral
relations. While wishing you a pleasant and fruitful stay in India, I
would like to convey through you my best wishes for the health and happiness
of His Excellency President Milosevic and for the prosperity and well-being
of the friendly people of the Federal Republic of Yugoslavia.