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President Kovind holds bilateral meetings with the Greek Leaders; Leads Delegation level talks

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 meeting.

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 “Honoured Country”.

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 Group.

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.


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