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'Ireland-India have a warm relationship'

Posted on Nov 19, 03:04PM | IBNS

The Irish Embassy has said their relation with India is long-standing and continues to intensify.

The message conveyed to the Hindu Janajagruti Samiti (HJS) - Goa comes in response to a complaint against Irish rock star Bob Geldof's remark that he got 'best drugs from Goa'.

The HJS informed through their website that Gerry Kelly, Deputy Head of Mission Embassy of Ireland, New Delhi has forwarded their complaint to appropriate authorities for their attention.

"Ireland and India have a long-standing and warm relationship and I can assure you that the Embassy of Ireland holds the people of India and of Goa in the highest esteem," Kelly wrote to HJS state convener through e-mail.

"The relationship between our countries continues to intensify, with an increased knowledge and awareness in Ireland of India's rich and varied culture... the embassy looks forward to the further development of this relationship and the continued growth in the level of knowledge, understanding and mutual respect between our peoples and cultures," the envoy further stated.

Geldof, who was in Goa earlier this month to participate in Think Fest, had said that during his teen days, he was told about beautiful women, drugs and serene beaches, and that he was happy to be in the state.

The HJS had strongly opposed the statement demanding action against the rock star, also a Noble Prize nominee and social activist.