President Kovind on a 3-nation tour to Europe

President Kovind on a 3-nation tour to Europe

India and Cyprus signed two agreements on combating money laundering and cooperation in the field of environment. The two countries have been of extensive mutual support in international forums over the years and during this visit, the two sides are expected to finalise a number of bilateral agreements.

Indian President Ram Nath Kovind is on a three-nation visit to Europe from September 2-9 to continue India's high-level engagements with European countries. 

Underlining Cyprus' contribution to India's economic growth, President Kovind invited the businesses in the Mediterranean nation to invest in the country in the areas of digitalisation, smart cities, infrastructure, and tourism.

Cyprus is the eighth largest investor in India and bilateral trade stands at around $8.2 billion.

He said massive outlays and attractive and viable projects are evident in the Digital India mission, Smart Cities mission and in key infrastructure sectors such as power and energy, highways, and ports and shipping.

"In all these areas, we look to Cyprus for partnership. You can come as investors and you can come as stakeholders, you can come to buy or to sell, you can come with your expertise and you can come with your brands and your skills," he said.

India and Cyprus signed two agreements on combating money laundering and cooperation in the field of environment. The two countries have been of extensive mutual support in international forums over the years and during this visit, the two sides are expected to finalise a number of bilateral agreements.

On 4th September, President Kovind arrived in Bulgaria. President Kovind is the fifth Indian President to visit Bulgaria and the first in 15 years.

While addressing the Indian community in Bulgaria, President Kovind said that the Indian community in Bulgaria constitutes a "living bridge" between the two countries. 

"India-Bulgaria friendship is very special. Our links are old and ancient. There are surprising similarities between our cultures and deep and abiding connections too. You meet a Bulgarian and he or she will tell you the music closest to traditional Bulgarian music is Indian!" President's Secretariat said in a tweet.

Earlier, President Kovind met his Bulgarian counterpart Rumen Radev who received him at the hotel where the Indian delegation is staying.

"President Radev spoke to President Kovind of his admiration for Indian culture, specifically mentioning Buddhism and yoga, the Gita and the Mahabharata. In light-hearted banter the two dignitaries also discussed the Bulgarian President's favourite Hindi film Haathi Mere Saathi," it said.

On the last leg of the journey, President Kovind will visit the Czech Republic from 6 to 9 September, where he will hold a discussion on issues of mutual concern with Czech president Milos Zeman.

President Kovind will also address business representatives from the two countries and interact with students at the Charles University.

India is a promising destination for Czech exporters. This is the fastest growing big economy that sees an annual GDP rise by 7-8 percent and its further rise is expected in the following years, according to Czech diplomacy's document.

References:

http://praguemonitor.com/2018/04/06/indian-president-visit-czech-republic-autumn

https://cyprus-mail.com/2018/09/02/indian-presidents-visit-highlights-long-links-with-cyprus/

https://www.firstpost.com/india/ram-nath-kovind-in-cyprus-president-addresses-house-of-representatives-invites-businesses-to-invest-in-india-5105861.html

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