President leaves for Mauritius on 5-day Visit
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Last Updated: Sunday, April 24, 2011, 11:17
New Delhi: President Pratibha Patil on Sunday embarked on a five-day State Visit to Mauritius during which she will address the National Assembly and hold wide-ranging discussions with the island nation's top leadership.

At the Rashtrapati Bhawan, the President was given a warm send-off by Vice President Hamid Ansari and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

During the visit, the President will also be conferred Honorary Degree of Doctor of Civil Law by the Mauritius University.

During her meetings with her counterpart Sir Anerood Jugnauth and Prime Minister Navindchandra Ramgoolam, President Patil will discuss a number of bilateral, regional and international issues that concern both nations.

"India-Mauritius approaches on many regional and international issues, such as international terrorism, piracy, reform of the international institutions, including the United Nations, especially the Security Council, coincide.

Both countries have a tradition of strong cooperation in multilateral fora," the External Affairs Ministry said in a statement yesterday.

Patil will address National Assembly of Mauritius and meet members of the Indian community in the country. She will also unveil a bust of former Prime Minister Indira Gandhi at the Indira Gandhi Centre for Indian Culture.

The President will also visit heritage sites such as the Aapravasi Ghat and the Le Mourne and address an India-Mauritius Business Meet.

During Patil's stay in Mauritius, the country's Opposition Leader Paul Raymond Berenger, Chief Justice Justice Bernard Sik Yuen, and Speaker of the National Assembly Rajkeswur Purryag will call on her.

The Ministry said India-Mauritius partnership today is mutually beneficial, comprehensive, deep and diverse. The commitment of the two countries to democratic ideals, values and pluralism reinforces the close ties that they enjoy, it said.

A high-level business delegation consisting of 57 people from India will also be in Mauritius during the President's visit.


First Published: Sunday, April 24, 2011, 11:17

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