President Patil leaves on five-day state visit to Mauritius todayApril 24th, 2011 - 12:17 pm ICT by ANI
New Delhi, Apr 24 (ANI): President Pratibha Devisingh Patil will embark on a five-day state visit to Mauritius beginning today during which she will address the National Assembly and hold discussions with the island nation’s top leadership.
The President will be conferred Honorary Degree of Doctor of Civil Law by the Mauritius University during her visit.
President Patil will discuss a number of bilateral, regional and international issues of mutual interest during her meetings with her counterpart Sir Anerood Jugnauth and Mauritius Prime Minister Navindchandra Ramgoolam.
The Leader of the Opposition, Paul Raymond Berenger, the Chief Justice of Mauritius, Justice Bernard Sik Yuen, and the Speaker of the National Assembly of Mauritius, Rajkeswur Purryag will call on President Patil during her visit.
She will also unveil a bust of former Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi at the Indira Gandhi Centre for Indian Culture, and will meet the Indian community in Mauritius.
The University of Mauritius will confer a Degree of Doctor of Civil Law ‘honoris causa’ on the President.
President Patil will also visit heritage sites such as the Aapravasi Ghat and the Le Mourne.
She will address the India-Mauritius Business Meet. A high-level business delegation consisting of 57 business people from India will be in Mauritius during the state visit of President Patil.
The President’s visit to Mauritius is a part of the process of exchanges at the highest political level between India and Mauritius.
The two countries have enduring bonds of friendship and cooperation that are firmly rooted in history, tradition and cultural affinities.
India-Mauritius partnership today is mutually beneficial, comprehensive, deep and diverse. The commitment of the two countries to democratic ideals, values and pluralism reinforces the close ties that they enjoy.
India-Mauritius approaches on many regional and international issues, such as international terrorism, piracy, reform of the international institutions, including the United Nations, especially the Security Council, coincide. Both countries have a tradition of strong cooperation in multilateral fora. (ANI)
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