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Manmohan Singh meets Sikh delegation in Tehran

Tehran, Aug 29 (ANI): Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh on Wednesday met a Sikh delegation here on the sidelines of his visit to Iran to attend the 16th Non-Aligned Movement summit.
 
Dr. Singh arrived in Tehran on Tuesday to attend the summit.
 
Dr. Singh's wife, Gursharan Kaur, who has accompanied him, visited the Bhai Ganga Singh Sabha Gurudwara, a Sikh shrine and an Indian school today.
 
This is a small island in Tehran where the lively Punjabi culture is celebrated against all odds.
 
Children who are born and brought up in Tehran, some with mixed parentage, speak English, Hindi, Persian, French and Punjabi.
 
Elated on Dr. Singh's visit, a member of the delegation, Gurdeep Singh, extended his gratitude for the monetary assistance provided by Manmohan Singh to the Sikh community.
 
"Manmohan Singh helped us a lot. We met him for the first time and he granted aid for our school and our shrine. He announced a sum of 20 million rupees and there is another shrine for which, he has announced 2 million rupees. He has live upto our expectations and we know that we shall receive help from him in the future," he said.
 
Another Sikh of Indian origin residing in Tehran, Manpreet Singh, said that Indian Prime Minister enquired if they faced any problem in Iran.
 
"We spoke about the good relations shared between India and Iran and the age old civilisation of the two nations. We were asked to talk about our problems, but we do not face any problem over here," he said.
 
During his visit, from which he will return on Friday, Dr. Singh and his delegation are expected to discuss the role of the NAM in global governance, reforms in international institutions like the United Nations, as well as reforms in global financial institutions.
 
Manmohan Singh walks a tightrope at the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) Summit in Iran this week. Not only is the summit being hosted by a country facing the wrath of the West, it also faces a tough challenge in the form of the Syrian crisis and its implications for the Middle East.
 
The NAM at its 16th summit is also expected to draw up a new peace resolution for the Syrian crisis. Also prominent among the issues to be discussed is nuclear disarmament.

By Smita Prakash (ANI)

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