Celebration of 08th International Day of Yoga 2022 in Siem Reap

Celebration of 08th International Day of  Yoga 2022 in Siem Reap

   As part of celebrations to commemorate 70th Anniversary of establishment of diplomatic relations between India and Cambodia in 2022 and also to commemorate 30th Anniversary of establishment of India-ASEAN dialogue relations, H.E. Dr. RajKumar Ranjan Singh, Minister of State for External Affairs, Government of India, visited Cambodia from 20 to 22 June, 2022.

During his stay in Siem Reap area from 20 to 21 June, 2022, Hon’ble Minister participated in the 8th International Day of Yoga celebrations held on 21st June, at Elephant Terrace in Angkor Park, Siem Reap. Other prominent dignitaries present at the event were senior officials from the Ministry of Tourism, Ministry of Culture & Fine Art, Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport, APSARA authority, Siem Reap Governor office. More than 500 people from all walks of the society participated in the event which included high dignitaries from the local Government, volunteers from Union of Youth Federation of Cambodia (UYFC), children from various schools and colleges, members of the Indian community and yoga enthusiasts. Cambodia was chosen as one of the country to participate in the “Global Yoga Ring”, the programme of which was telecast live across the world along with some other selected countries.

Speaking on the occasion, Dr. Singh mentioned the importance of Yoga and also highlighted the transformation Yoga can bring in one’s life, especially during the challenging pandemic times. He stressed on the relevance of yoga in today’s busy lives and also touched upon the benefits of Yoga and Ayurveda. He also dwelt at length about the civilizational and close cultural, linguistic links between the two countries. He reaffirmed India’s commitment to enhance engagement at every level and forge closer people-to-people relations to deepen understanding and friendship between the two countries. He also touched upon the various development cooperation projects underway in Cambodia with Indian assistance covering education, infrastructure development, restoration of temples and capacity building, etc. Ambassador H.E. Dr. Devyani Khobragade in her concluding remarks thanked various Ministries and Departments of the Royal Government of Cambodia, Provincial Government of Siem Reap for their cooperation and all the sponsors, who were instrumental in celebrating the event in a big way. The programme concluded with light Indian refreshments for the participants.

During his stay in Siem Reap, Hon’ble Minister visited the world renowned Angkor Wat temple (restored by India from 1986-1993) and Ta Prohm Temple (India completed 2 phases of restoration and the third phase, which started in 2016, is expected to complete in 2026) to review the restoration and preservation work , being undertaken by the Archaeological Survey of India (ASI).