President Kovind returns home after three-nation visit
President Ram Nath Kovind returned home on Sunday after a successful week-long official tour to the West African nations of Benin, The Gambia, and Guinea.
New Delhi : President Ram Nath Kovind returned home on Sunday after a successful week-long official tour to the West African nations of Benin, The Gambia, and Guinea.
President Kovind led delegation-level talks with President Talon of Benin. The two sides held wide ranging discussions on issues of trade, culture, defense and security cooperation. ???? pic.twitter.com/gFRczTUGmb— President of India (@rashtrapatibhvn) July 29, 2019
During the visit, President Kovind held delegation-level talks with the leaders of the host countries to strengthen ties in key sectors such as trade, investment, and energy. In addition, he addressed the national assembly of Guinea and The Gambia and interacted with the Indian community.
President Kovind departs for state visits to Benin, The Gambia and Guinea. This is his first state visits in the third year of his Presidency. This is the first ever state visit of a President of India to any of the three countries pic.twitter.com/PIjnCwXetI— President of India (@rashtrapatibhvn) July 28, 2019
During the first leg of his visit India and Benin signed two agreements on Cultural Exchange Programme and on the mutual exemption from visa requirement for holders of diplomatic, official/service passports, as well as two Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) in the field of export credit and investment insurance, and another on the e-VBAB network project.
President Kovind arrives in Cotonou, Benin on the first leg of his three nation state visit.— President of India (@rashtrapatibhvn) July 28, 2019
Foreign Minister @AAgbenonciMAEC of Benin receives the President on his arrival at the airport.
He is the first Indian President to visit Benin ???? pic.twitter.com/rHOsMZMGu1
In addition, India offered concessional financial assistance of USD 100 million to Benin with an aim to help the West African country meet its Sustainable Development Goals.
It is an honour for me to be paying the first-ever state visit from India to Benin ???? pic.twitter.com/bBoS8gdOqm— President of India (@rashtrapatibhvn) July 30, 2019
In the Gambia President Kovind promised to extend an assistance of USD 500,000 in support of skill development and cottage industry projects in the West African country. The two sides also signed and exchanged a Memoranda of Understanding on Cooperation in the field of Traditional Systems of Medicine and Homeopathy.
Delhi: President Ram Nath Kovind returns following a three-nation visit to Benin, Gambia and Guinea pic.twitter.com/Nj6PFnWbHd— ANI (@ANI) August 4, 2019
During the third leg of the visit India extended a line of credit worth USD 170 million for the installation of water-related projects in Guinea. (ANI)