(MENAFN- Trend News Agency)
Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu arrived here on Monday on the
first leg of his three-nation tour of Gabon, Senegal and Qatar,
Trend reports citing
'A special welcome! Vice President @MVenkaiahNaidu was received
by Gabonese PM @OssoukaRaponda and FM Michael Moussa-Adamo on his
arrival in Libreville, Gabon for the first leg of his 3-country
visit,' Ministry of External Affairs Spokesperson Arindam Bagchi
While Naidu's visit is the first by any Indian vice president to
all three countries, it marks the first-ever high-level visit from
India to Gabon and Senegal.
In Gabon, Naidu will hold delegation-level talks with Prime
Minister Rose Christiane Ossouka Raponda, call on President Ali
Bongo Ondimba and meet other dignitaries.
He is also expected to interact with the business community in
Gabon and address the Indian diaspora there.
During his Senegal visit from June 1 to 3, Naidu will hold
delegation-level talks with its President Macky Sall, and meet the
President of the National Assembly Moustapha Niasse, and other
India and Senegal are celebrating the 60th anniversary of the
establishment of diplomatic relations this year. The vice-president
is also expected to attend a business roundtable and address the
His visit is expected to add momentum to India's engagement with
Africa and emphasise New Delhi's commitment to the African
continent, the Vice-President Secretariat said in a statement ahead
of his departure.
The last leg of the tour will be the visit to Qatar from June 4
During the visit, Naidu will hold delegation-level talks with
Qatar's Deputy Amir Sheikh Abdullah Bin Hamad Al Thani and review
bilateral cooperation. He will also meet several other Qatari
dignitaries and address a business roundtable there.
Qatar has committed investments of over USD 2 billion in various
Indian companies over the past two years.
Naidu's visit to Qatar gains prominence as the two countries
prepare to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the establishment of
diplomatic relations. The visit is expected to further boost the
bilateral ties between the countries, it said.
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