The President of India, Shri Ram Nath
Kovind, who is on a State visit to Greece began his formal engagements on June
18, 2018. He met his counterpart, President Prokopis Pavlopoulos at the
Presidential Mansion where he was accorded a ceremonial welcome prior to the
During his meeting with the Greek
President and the delegation level talks, President Kovind besides emphasizing
the age-old civilizational ties between the two countries, highlighted India’s
commitment to promote trade and investment engagement between the two nations.
Pointing out that the bilateral trade
between the two countries was of US dollar 530 million and was below potential
and more efforts must be made to expand and diversify the trade.
According to the official statement,
he informed the Greek delegation that India had accepted the invitation to
participate in the prestigious Thessaloniki International Fair, 2019 as the
Apprising the Greek delegations the steps India has
taken to improve business climate, he said India wants the Greek companies to become
partners in the growth story of India in particular in areas such as shipping,
food and dairy and tourism and on the part of India, Indian companies are keen
to make their presence in Greece in areas like pharma, IT, agriculture, real
estate, infrastructure and start-ups.
India also thanked Greece, as the
statement says, for its support for India’s candidature for a non-permanent
seat in the UN Security Council and for membership to the Nuclear Suppliers
After the delegation level talks, the
President also met the Prime Minister of Greece Mr Alexis Tsipras and the two
leaders discussed different issues of mutual interest to both nations. Later,
Mr Kyriakos Mitsotakis, the Leader of Opposition of the Hellenic Republic also
called on the President.
During the day, three Memorandums of
Understanding (MoUs) were signed- (i) the MoU between Bureau of Indian
Standards (BIS) and National Quality Infrastructure System/Hellenic
Organization for Standardization on Cooperation in the Fields of
Standardization; (ii) MoU between Foreign Service Institute (FSI), India and
Diplomatic Academy, Greece on Cooperation in Diplomatic Training and (iii) the
Programme of Cultural Cooperation for the year 2018-2020.
Later in the evening, the President
will lay a wreath at the Phaleron Indian Cremation Memorial where the remains
of the 74 soldiers of undivided India who sacrificed their lives during World
War II were laid to rest. The President will also attend a State Banquet hosted
by the President of Greece.