Cambodian King Norodom Sihamoni receives warm welcome at Rashtrapati Bhavan
New Delhi, May 30: Cambodian King Norodom Sihamoni, who arrived in India for a three-day visit, was given a ceremonial reception at Rashtrapati Bhavan here on Tuesday.
Cambodian King met President Droupadi Murmu, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other officials at the Rashtrapati Bhavan. King Norodom Sihamoni is on his maiden three-day official visit to India.
President Droupadi Murmu will host a State Banquet in honour of Cambodia's King Norodom Sihamoni in the evening.
On Monday, Union Minister of State for External Affairs Rajkumar Ranjan Singh received the Cambodian King at the airport.
Ministry of External Affairs official spokesperson Arindam Bagchi took to his Twitter handle to inform about his arrival.
He tweeted, "H.M. King Norodom Sihamoni of Cambodia arrives in New Delhi on his maiden State visit to India. Warmly welcomed by MoS @RanjanRajkuma11. An opportunity to further deepen the civilisational relations between India and Cambodia."
During his visit, Cambodia King will hold bilateral meetings with President Murmu and Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Vice President Jagdeep Dhankhar and External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar will call on the King.
During his visit, the Cambodia King will also pay floral tributes to Mahatma Gandhi at Raj Ghat. The MEA in the press release noted that the visit of the King of Cambodia will further "strengthen and deepen the civilisational relations between India and Cambodia."
India and Cambodia enjoy "warm and friendly nations" marked by "civilisational, cultural and economic linkages and deep-rooted people-to-people ties," according to MEA press release. The ties between the two nations are based on shared cultural values, commitment to foster economic growth, collaboration in the fields of defence & security and convergence on regional and global issues, according to an MEA press release.
The MEA in the press release said, "India actively assists Cambodia in capacity building & human resource development through training slots under the ITEC and scholarships under ICCR. India has also extended grants and concessional loans for developmental projects. Conservation and restoration of the ancient temples of Angkor Wat, Ta Prohm and Preah Vihar are being carried out under GoI funding."
India has extended a grant of USD 1.5 million for the purchase of demining equipment and has offered a line of credit worth USD 50 million Line of Credit for the procurement of defence equipment from India.