President Ram Nath Kovind on Monday wished Mauritius on its 50th independence anniversary and expressed India’s commitment to always being a “steadfast” friend.
Kovind, who is in Mauritius tweeted: “Congratulations and best wishes to the people and government of Mauritius on the 50th anniversary of independence.”
“The people and the Republic of India share your joy and commit to always being steadfast friends and partners,” he added.
Kovind is on a five-day visit to the island nations of Mauritius and Madagascar in tune with India’s increasing focus on the Indian Ocean region.
While he will visit Mauritius from March 11 to 14, he will be in Madagascar on March 14-15.
On Monday, Kovind visited Ganga Talao, one of the most revered place for the Indian community and locals in Mauritius.
In keeping with the long held tradition, the President brought an offering of Gangajal from Haridwar, the Presidents’ Office tweeted.
#PresidentKovind visits Ganga Talao, one of the most revered place for the Indian community and locals in Mauritius. In keeping with the long held tradition, the President brought an offering of Gangajal from Haridwar pic.twitter.com/8JeWavTm1h
— President of India (@rashtrapatibhvn) March 12, 2018
In the last two years, India and Mauritius have signed a double taxation avoidance agreement and New Delhi $353-million economic package.
The visit to Madagascar will be the first ever by an India VVIP since the establishment of diplomatic ties in 1954.
Madagascar is the fourth largest island in the world and is nearly the size of France.