Angelina Jolie had effectively managed to stay clear of the media hordes on first day of her weekend visit to the Capital on Saturday. However, the paparazzi was back in action on Sunday, when the Hollywood diva called on Minister of State for External Affairs Anand Sharma.
The two had an hour-long discussion at Hyderabad House accompanied only by Carol Bachelor, representative from the UN High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).
While details of the meeting were kept under wraps, Jolie, who was in New Delhi in her capacity as UNHCR Goodwill Ambassador, did take the opportunity to share her views about refugees in India.
“I congratulate India on its openness to receiving and taking care of refugees despite the needs of its own people. It is commendable that it has one of the largest refugee population across the world…what’s most wonderful is that it encourages refugees irrespective of their religion and language,” she said. “We discussed at length the plight of the refugees and problems faced by them in different parts of the world, from Ivory Coast to Congo,” Anand Sharma said. However, the conversation did drift to other topics of common interest between the duo, which included “Indian traditions” and Mahatma Gandhi. “We spoke about the philosophy of Gandhi, particularly non-violence and satyagraha and their relevance in the current context,” he added.
Jolie was dressed in a casual black skirt and stole, as she savoured a modest menu comprising of Bhujia Puff, Chocolate Mint and Nankhatai, catered by the Indian Tourism Development Corporation.
In the city with her son Maddox since Saturday noon, Jolie had spent the previous day with Sikh, Afghan and Myanmarese refugees in camps run by Khalsa Diwan Welfare Society and the UNHCR.