Indian president in Djibouti on first overseas visit

October 4, 2017 Off By Web Desk

Djibouti City (IINA) � Indian President Ram Nath Kovind began the first leg of his four-day visit to Djibouti and Ethiopia. He arrived Wednesday in Djibouti City on his maiden trip abroad after assuming office, NDTV reported.

Kovind, who is the first Indian leader to visit Djibouti, was received by Djiboutian Prime Minister Kamil Mohamed at the Djibouti�Ambouli International Airport.

During his visit to the two African nations, the Indian president is expected to sign agreements on the institutionalization of foreign office consultation and greater economic cooperation with Djibouti and Ethiopia.

Ashok Malik, the press secretary to the president, said that Djibouti is an important Indian Ocean partner country with whom India’s bilateral trade stands at $284 million in 2016-17.

President 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 $1 billion. The country is among the top three foreign investors in Ethiopia with an approved investment of $4 billion.

Source: International Islamic News Agency