President Ram Nath Kovind, who’s on a four-day go to to Jamaica, arrived at Norman Manley International Airport in Kingston the place he obtained a rousing welcome from the Jamaicans and the Indian expatriates.
This is the first-ever go to by an Indian President to Jamaica. He is accompanied by his spouse, first girl Savita Kovind, daughter Swati Kovind, Union Minister Pankaj Chowdhary, Lok Sabha MP Rama Devi, Satish Kumar Gautam and Secretary-Level Officers.
President Kovind was accorded a ceremonial welcome, a Guard of Honour and a 21-gun-salute, within the first-ever go to by an Indian head of state, and was escorted by the Chief Defense Staff of Jamaica.
On the Jamaican aspect, the Governor-General of Jamaica Patrick Allen, Prime Minister of Jamaica Andrew Holness, members of the cupboard, Chief of Defense Staff and commissioner of police had been current.
Meanwhile, on the Indian aspect, Masakui Rungsung, High Commissioner of India to Jamaica and his partner Zingcharwon Rungsung had been current.
Upon his arrival at Pegasus Hotel in New Kingston, Jamaicans and the Indian expatriates prolonged a heat welcome to President Ram Nath Kovind.
Several programmes are scheduled through the President’s go to to Jamaica which embrace paying a floral tribute on the shrine of the Rt. Excellent Marcus Mosiah Garvey in addition to a signing ceremony (MOU settlement) to be held on the Prime Minister’s home.
President Kovind may even inaugurate “Ambedkar Avenue”, a highway named after Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar tomorrow. He may even inaugurate the Jamaica-India friendship backyard.
In the night, President Ram Nath Kovind will reward cricket kits to aspiring cricketers in Jamaica. A cricket package may even be handed over to Billy Heaven, President of the Jamaica Cricket Association.
There have been common bilateral tournaments between India and the West Indies cricket group. Some of the matches (T-20, ODI and Test matches) happen in Kingston as properly. This has made India and Jamaica pure companions for cooperation in sports activities. An Memorandum of Understanding within the area of sports activities cooperation between the 2 nations is in its closing phases.
The programme will conclude with an expatriate neighborhood occasion. India is dedicated to strengthening linkages with Indian expatriates in Jamaica, and inspiring their participation within the strategy of nationwide growth.
President Kovind is on a state go to to Jamaica, Saint Vincent and the Grenadines from May 15 to 21. He had a one-day technical halt in Milan, Italy. This is the primary go to by the pinnacle of state of India to those two nations.
India and Jamaica have historically loved cordial relations primarily based on democratic values, frequent linkages of historical past, a Parliamentary democratic system, membership within the Commonwealth, use of the English language and the love for cricket.
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