Sir Malcolm Rifkind remembers taking part in the first COMEX

The Jubilee Time Capsule team recently interviewed Sir Malcolm Rifkind MP.  Sir Malcolm is a British Member of Parliament and former British Foreign Secretary.  He is also a member of the Commonwealth Eminent Persons Group (EPG).

When asked to pick a memorable moment Sir Malcolm chose to talk about 31st July 1965, the day the first COMEX (Commonwealth Expedition) set off for India, and the date of his first association with the Commonwealth.

The expedition, designed to bring students together from across the Commonwealth, set off from London and travelled through the Middle East, to Pakistan and across the border to India where they met up with 200 Indian students.  Sir Malcolm recalls that the group of British students then had to stay in India for longer than expected, as shortly after they crossed the border war broke out between the two countries, meaning that they could not drive back the way they had come.

Sir Malcolm goes on to talk about the insight that COMEX gave him into the Commonwealth and his subsequent understanding of the significance of the association.

To watch Sir Malcolm’s interview click here.


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