Mauritius Prime Minister Pravind Kumar Jugnauth, who is on a three-day visit to India, was on Saturday accorded ceremonial welcome in the forecourt of the Rashtrapati Bhawan. He was received by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

"Firstly, let me thank PM Narendra Modi for invitation extended to me. Our forefathers came from India and it is always natural blood relation that existed between two countries and we are taking this special relation to make further special," Jugnauth said after receiving ceremonial welcome.

"I must say that the meetings we had earlier and am sure on today's occasion also will take this relation to new heights and am looking to cementing on that continued form of relationship," he added.

Jugnauth will hold delegation-level talks with Prime Minister Modi and some bilateral agreements are expected to be signed after the meeting.

This is Jugnauth's first visit abroad as Prime Minister after assuming office early this year.

Modi had visited the island nation in March, 2015, as chief guest at the Mauritian National Day celebrations.