|President Ram Nath Kovind left on a state visit to Jamaica and St. Vincent & Grenadines this morning. This is the first-ever visit by an Indian Head of State to these Caribbean nations.
The President will be in Jamaica from 15th to 18th of this month where he will hold delegation-level talks with his counterpart, the Governor-General of Jamaica, Sir Patrick Allen. He will also meet Prime Minister, Andrew Holness and other dignitaries. During the visit, the President will address the Joint Sitting of the two Houses of Jamaican Parliament.
Jamaica and India have friendly relations. Jamaica is also one of the Girmitya countries with a strong Indian diaspora, who act as a living bridge with India. The visit comes at a significant milestone as 2022 is the 60th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between India and Jamaica.
Mr. Kovind will also pay a state visit to St. Vincent & Grenadines (SVG) from 18th to 21st of this month and hold discussions with his counterpart Governor-General Ms. Susan Dougan. He will also meet Prime Minister Dr. Ralph Gonsalves as well as other dignitaries. President Kovind will address the House of Assembly of SVG.
AIR correspondent reports, the Visit of the President Kovind to Jamaica and Saint Vincent and Grenadines assumes importance as both these nations are active members in the Caribbean Community. The first-ever Head of State visit to these countries is a continuation of India’s high-level engagement in the Caribbean region and emphasizes India’s continued commitment to work with Small Island developing countries.