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A Passage to India with the Queen’s Baton Relay

Humza Yousaf, External Affairs and International Development Minister

Blog / International
I’m posting this blog at the end of a very exciting week, having arrived in India for a six-day visit to promote Scotland and strengthen our business, cultural and diplomatic relationships.

I started my journey yesterday along with the Queen’s Baton as it embarked on its own momentous journey. We had ceremony and celebrations for the Baton at Glasgow City Chambers and, following a procession to the Glasgow Airport there were Bagpipes and Bollywood Dancers to see the Baton on its way - so why all the fuss?

Over a period of 288 days the baton will cover more than 190,000 kilometres, averaging one to four days in each nation or territory.

Throughout the 70 nations and territories of the Commonwealth the baton will be relayed by thousands of people. Magical memories will be created on this journey across continents, terrains and time-zones.

From Sydney Harbour Bridge to the forests of Rwanda; from the sun-drenched Pacific Islands to the lochs and glens of Scotland, the baton will showcase each nation and territory in the Commonwealth family before making its way back to Glasgow for the Opening Ceremony.

If you’re not already excited about the Queen’s Baton Relay and the Glasgow 2014 Games I hope you will be soon as I believe it is something all of us in Scotland can get behind.

The Relay and the Games present an unrivalled chance for Scotland to make new connections and deepen links it has with many Commonwealth countries across the world.

I’ll be in India this week working on strengthening Scotland’s links with the country – a country with which we have had a longstanding relationship for a great many years. The Baton will also be used to strengthen Scotland’s links across the Commonwealth - spreading a message of goodwill and togetherness which is embodied in sport and transcends all our borders and differences. 

I’m excited about the Baton’s journey and the Games because in 2014, all Glaswegians and all Scots will have the opportunity to welcome visitors from all 70 Commonwealth nations and territories.

Let’s take this fantastic opportunity to welcome the world to Scotland and show visitors what’s great about our people, our country and our rich and diverse heritage.