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Vice President Naidu emplanes for 3-nation visit to Gabon, Senegal and Qatar

By Shefali Kohli -- May 30, 2022 2:51 pm -- Updated:May 30, 2022 2:54 pm

New Delhi [India], May 30: Vice President Venkaiah Naidu on Monday emplaned for his visit to Gabon, Senegal and Qatar, the first visit from India at the level of Vice President to all three countries.

Naidu is accompanied by a high-level delegation including Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare Dr Bharati Pravin Pawar and three Members of Parliament, Sushil Kumar Modi, Vijay Pal Singh Tomar and P. Raveendranath.

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This will be the first visit from India at the level of Vice President to all three countries. This will also be the first-ever high-level visit from India to Gabon and to Senegal. The visits to Gabon and to Senegal will add momentum to India's engagement with Africa and emphasise India's commitment to the African continent.

The visit to Qatar, as both sides prepare to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations, will further enhance the bilateral ties. A number of bilateral documents are expected to be concluded during the visit to the three countries.

In Gabon, the Vice President will hold delegation-level talks with the Prime Minister of Gabon Rose Christiane Ossouka Raponda. He will call on the President of Gabon Ali Bongo Ondimba and meet other dignitaries. He will also interact with the business community in Gabon and address the Indian diaspora.

Gabon is an important partner for India. Both India and Gabon are currently serving as non-permanent members of the UNSC. Bilateral trade reached USD 1.12 billion in 2021-22. A number of Gabonese nationals pursue scholarship/training programmes offered by India under the Indian Technical and Economic Cooperation (ITEC) and ICCR schemes.

In Senegal, the Vice President will hold delegation-level talks with the President of Senegal Macky Sall. Naidu will meet the President of the National Assembly Moustapha Niasse, and other dignitaries. He will also attend a business roundtable and address the Indian community.

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In Qatar, the Vice President will hold delegation-level talks with Qatar's Deputy Amir, His Highness Sheikh Abdullah Bin Hamad Al Thani, and review bilateral cooperation. He will meet several other Qatari dignitaries during this visit. He will also address a business roundtable in Qatar.

-PTC News

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