Premier Baird welcomes the new Consul General and wishes Happy Holi

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Premier Mike Baird met India’s new Consul General in Sydney Mr. Vanlalvawna for the first time as one of the distinguished guest at Premier’s Harmony Dinner held at Rosehill Gardens on March 10. The dinner was attended by over 700 hundred members comprising a broad section of the community that included business leaders, corporate sponsors, members of parliament and media.

A press conference was held for the Indian media to welcome Mr Vanlalvawna by Premier Baird, before the dinner, when he said, “Can I warmly welcome the Consul General. It’s fantastic to welcome not only him, but his wife and three children, who I understand have already started school.

“We know how important the relationship is ”“ not just Australia and India, but with New South Wales as the gateway from India into Australia. We spent a lot of time working on that relationship and what we have seen, certainly with the visit by Prime Minister Modi recently, is that the relationship is going from strength to strength.

“My personal visit was very memorable across a range of events, there were many activities that we continue to work on together and I’m very hopeful of returning at the end of this year or early next year to continue those discussions and hopefully to see the Prime Minister again.

“There are many things we can work on. I don’t need to tell you how important the relationship is so it’s fantastic to have the Consul General on the ground.

“We’re very keen as a Government to wish everyone a happy Holi.

“We know how important the festival is and I think it’s one of the great things that we have in this multicultural NSW is the opportunity to celebrate together.

“It’s another festival that brings us together and we’re very proud to have many celebrations around the coming weeks so, Happy Holi Festival to everyone.”






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