The President of India, Shri Ram Nath
Kovind, today (March 12, 2018) led delegation-level talks with Prime Minister
Pravind Jugnauth of Mauritius and members of his Cabinet. The President also
witnessed the exchange of several agreements/MoUs between India and Mauritius,
says a press release.
India announced a new Line of Credit of
USD 100 million for defence procurement by the Government of Mauritius. It
offered a Multi-Purpose Offshore Patrol Vessel (MPOPV) to Mauritius to augment
its security capacity. This would be financed through the new defence LOC
announced today, and also with an additional grant component of USD 5 million.
The other Agreements/MoUs exchanged
today were an MoU on cooperation between Nalanda University in Bihar and
Mauritius; an MoU on the establishment of an Ayurveda Chair at the University
of Mauritius; an MoU between the Union Public Service Commission (UPSC) in
India and the Public Service Commission of Mauritius, whereby the UPSC will provide
necessary assistance for capacity building to its Mauritian counterpart; and an
agreement to facilitate cultural exchanges between the two countries.
Speaking on the occasion, President
Kovind said: “India and Mauritius share common security concerns in the Indian
Ocean Region. India has assisted Mauritius in the past by supplying patrol
vessels. Taking this cooperation further, I am happy to announce today that
India will supply a Multi-Purpose Offshore Patrol Vessel to Mauritius under a
Line of Credit.”
Later in the day, President Kovind
received various dignitaries who called on him. The Mauritian dignitaries
included Justice Kheshoe Parsad Matadeen, Chief of Justice of Mauritius; Mrs
Santi Bai Hanoomanjee, Speaker, National Assembly of Mauritius; and Mr Xavier
Luc Duval, Leader of Opposition of Mauritius.
In these meetings, the President
iterated that India accords great importance to the steady development of
relations between our countries. India-Mauritius bilateral cooperation is
comprehensive and multi-faceted. Regular high-level interaction between
political leaders of the two countries has given direction and impetus to this
partnership. Shared values of democracy, rule of law and social harmony further
reinforce our relationship.
Earlier this morning, the President
visited Ganga Talao and the Apravasi Ghat World Heritage Site to pay his tributes. Both these sites
are held in great reverence by the Indian community in Mauritius. Apravasi Ghat
represents the location where members of the early Indian community arrived in
Mauritius as indentured labourers in the 19th century.
The President of the Republic of
Mauritius, Mrs Ameenah Gurib-Fakim, hosted a lunch in honour of President
Kovind today (March 12, 2018). Speaking on the occasion, the President thanked the Government
and people of Mauritius for the warm welcome and gracious hospitality accorded
to him and his delegation. He congratulated Mauritius on the 50th anniversary
of the country’s independence from colonial rule.
Later this evening (March 12, 2018),
President Kovind will attend the 50th anniversary celebrations
of the independence of Mauritius.
Yesterday evening (March 11, 2018),
the President attended a welcome banquet hosted by the Prime Minister of
Mauritius, Mr Pravind Kumar Jugnauth. Speaking on the occasion, the
President expressed his gratitude to the Government of Mauritius for inviting him
to be Chief Guest for the celebrations of the 50th anniversary
of the independence of Mauritius. He said that this is a distinct honour for
the 1.3 billion people of India.
The President said that
Mauritius is a gateway to the Indian Ocean Region and to Africa. It can serve
as a hub for Indian companies looking to access the African mainland. As the
proverbial “Star and Key” of the Indian Ocean, Mauritius has a natural
convergence of interests with India. Our cooperation in maritime security and
counter-terrorism has been exemplary.