New Delhi: President Ram Nath Kovind today embarked on a four-day visit to Djibouti and Ethiopia, his first trip abroad since taking office.
During his visit to the two African nations, the president is expected to sign agreements on institutionalisation of foreign office consultation and greater economic cooperation with Ethiopia, Neena Malhotra, Joint Secretary (East and Southern Africa) in the Ministry of External Affairs had said earlier.
Press Secretary to the President Ashok Malik has said that Djibouti is an important Indian Ocean partner country with whom India’s bilateral trade stands at USD 284 million in 2016-17.
“The president is looking forward to the visit. He recognises that the Africa and Indian ocean region are central to Indian foreign policy. That is why this region was chosen as his first foreign visit,” Malik said.
India has extended a line of credit of USD 49 million to Djibouti, mainly for constructing a cement plant. It is a strategically located country just off the Gulf of Aden.
Kovind’s visit will be the first by an Indian president to Ethiopia after 45 years. The last visit was by President V V Giri in 1972.
India’s bilateral trade with Ethiopia in 2016 was nearly USD 1 billion. The country is among the top three foreign investors in Ethiopia with an approved investment of 4 billion dollars.
In both the countries the president will also interact with the members of the Indian community. (PTI)
Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *
Difficult to find a secure romantic partner: Deepika
Madhuri Dixit to make her Marathi debut
Joss Whedon brought good taste to ‘Justice League’: Affleck
Lack of comic roles for female actors, says Parineeti
Vidya pays tribute to Sridevi with her version of “Hawa Hawai”
© 2017 State Times Daily Newspaper