President Patil to visit Laos, Cambodia

President Pratibha Patil will pay a ten-day state visit to Laos and Cambodia from September 9 to strengthen and consolidate mutual relations and enhance economic engagement with the two countries.

New Delhi: As part of pushing forward
India`s "Look East" policy, President Pratibha Patil will pay
a ten-day state visit to Laos and Cambodia from September 9 to
strengthen and consolidate mutual relations and enhance
economic engagement with the two countries.

The President will visit Laos from September 9-13, 2010,
along with a delegation of senior officials at the invitation
of President of Laos Choummaly Sayasone.

"It would be Patil`s first visit to Laos and only the
second by an Indian President since the two countries
established diplomatic relations," an External Affairs
Ministry release said.

Apart from Laos` capital Vientiane, Patil and the
delegation will also travel to Luang Prabang.

"The visit of Patil to Laos is meant to reaffirm India`s
commitment to further strengthen and consolidate our
relations, and enhance our economic engagement and assistance
in its socio-economic development," the release said.

Apart from official talks between the two sides, Patil
will also have discussions with President Sayasone and Prime
Minister of Laos Bouasone Bouphavanh.

Patil will travel to Cambodia (Sep 13?18, 2010) at the
invitation of Norodom Sihamoni, King of Cambodia.

Apart from the capital Phnom Penh, Patil would be
travelling with the delegation to Siem Reap where the world
famous temples of Angkor Vat are located.

"Cambodia is an important partner of India among the
ASEAN countries. Patil`s visit to Phnom Penh and Siem Reap
will provide an opportunity to reaffirm and strengthen
multi-faceted bilateral ties including commercial and
investment relations," the MEA release said.

Cambodia is also currently the coordinator for ASEAN on
India-ASEAN relations.

"Patil`s visit to Laos and Cambodia will reaffirm our
pursuit of a closer and enduring partnership with the
countries of ASEAN region as part of our Look-East policy,"
the release said.

-PTI

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