New Delhi, 14 May (H.S): President Ram Nath Kovind on Saturday left for a week-long visit to Jamaica and St. Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG). This is the first state visit by an Indian head of state to both the countries.
Ministry of External Affairs said in a statement that the president would be in Jamaica from May 15 to 18. During the visit, he will hold delegation-level talks with his counterpart, Jamaica Governor General Patrick Allen. He will also meet Prime Minister Andrew Holness and other dignitaries.
He will address the joint sitting of both the houses of the Parliament of Jamaica. Jamaica and India have friendly relations. Jamaica is also one of the indentured countries. 70 thousand Indian expatriates live here. This year marks the 60th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between India and Jamaica. India and Jamaica are celebrating the 75th and 60th anniversaries of their independence, respectively.
The President will also pay a state visit to St. Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG) from May 18-21. During the visit, he will hold talks with his counterpart, Governor General Susan Dougan. He will call on Prime Minister Dr. Ralph E. Gonsalves as well as other dignitaries. The President will also address the Legislative Assembly there.
Both India and the SVG were non-permanent members of the UNSC in 2021 and have had good cooperation during this period. Jamaica and SVG are active members of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM). The first Head of State visit to these countries is a continuation of India's high-level engagement with countries in the Caribbean region. India has been reiterating its commitment to work with small developing island countries.
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