President Ramnath Kovind
President Ramnath Kovind arrived here on Tuesday in the first phase of his four-day visit to Djibouti and Ethiopia. This is his first foreign visit after becoming President. The first Indian leader to travel to Djibouti, Kovind, received the Prime Minister of Djibouti by Prime Minister Kamal Mohammad at the airport here. Joint Secretary (East and South Africa) Naina Malhotra in the Ministry of External Affairs had earlier said that during the visit of both the African countries, the President can sign Foreign Trade Agreement and the agreements related to the institutionalization of macro-economic cooperation with Ethiopia.
President’s Press Secretary Ashok Malik said that Djibouti is an important partner of the Indian Ocean region, with which India’s bilateral trade stood at $ 28.4 million in 2016-17.
Malik said, “The President is hopeful about this journey. He believes that Africa and the Indian Ocean region are at the center of Indian foreign policy. Therefore, this region chosen for their first foreign trip. “India has given a debt of $ 4.9 million to Djibouti, which is mainly given to build a cement plant.