President Ram Nath Kovind will be visiting Ethiopia from 4-6 October–his maiden trip abroad as President, officials said on Friday.

Highlighting that this will be the first visit by an Indian President to Ethiopia after 54 years, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said Ethiopia was the largest recipient of concession by India.

“This is the first overseas visit of President Kovind and the first visit to Ethiopia by an Indian President in 54 years,” Joint Secretary of MEA, Neena Malhotra said.

“Ethiopia is the largest recipient of concession by India. We have given $ 1 Bn concession to Ethiopia in three sugar projects,” she added.

The Union Cabinet chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday gave its nod for signing an agreement with Ethiopia on “cooperation in the field of information, communication and media”.