Shinzo Abe, Former Prime Minister of Japan

I am Shinzo Abe, Prime Minister of Japan. As I have learnt that GFCH is to be launched in the presence of H.E. Abdul Kalam, former President of India and H.H. Dalai Lama and other respected guests, I take this opportunity to extend my hearty congratulations for the success of the launching ceremony of GFCH.

My dear friend Vibhav Kant Upadhyay, Chairperson of India Center Foundation and Trustee of GFCH extended an invitation to me to attend this ceremony. I feel honored to receive this invitation. However, with the ongoing session of our Parliament, unfortunately I am not in a position to attend the ceremony and I deeply regret for not being able to do so.

Please accept me as a part of the ceremony through my message for GFCH. As all of you are aware, economic globalization is spreading rapidly worldwide. Japan as a nation is in the process of entering FTA and EPA with many countries.

Also, Japan is focusing on seeking solutions for WTO. Cultural and economical exchanges among nations have been significantly increasing. As compared to twenty years ago, we could say that the world has been more united. In this era of globalization, identity of each race and nation has to be maintained. It is necessary to accept and understand each other's values to avoid clash of civilization.


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