Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu on Friday emphasised the need for mutual respect among political opponents in democracy and termed debates, discussions and dialogues as the essence of the legislative process.
Naidu, who is on a three-nation tour to Gabon, Senegal and Qatar, made these remarks during the delegation-level talks with the President (Speaker) of the National Assembly of Senegal, Moustapha Niasse in the capital city of Dakar.
During the talks, Naidu emphasised the need for all nations to work towards building peace.
He said that India, the largest democracy in the world, and Senegal, one of the most stable and model democracies in Africa, are natural development partners and share a natural affinity with each other.
He appreciated Senegal for conducting presidential, parliamentary and local elections very peacefully since its Independence, in a free, fair and transparent manner.
“Just like India, democracy has been the bulwark of Senegal to guarantee political stability, economic growth, social cohesion and prominence in the international community,” he added.
Underlining the warm and friendly relations between the two countries, the Vice President reiterated India’s commitment to the socio-economic development of Senegal.
He also said that through their achievements and contribution to Senegal’s development, the Indian diaspora has created immense goodwill for the country.
“Indian diaspora has, indeed, been true cultural ambassadors of India. Their success around the world is a great source of pride for us,” he said.
Meanwhile, the Vice President led delegation has signed several agreements with Senegal, a visa waiver agreement for diplomatic and official passport holders, a cultural exchange programme, and an MoU on cooperation in youth matters.