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President Kovind to visit Greece, Suriname, Cuba

New Delhi, June 12: President Ram Nath Kovind will embark on an eight-day three-nation tour from June 16 that will see him going to Greece, Suriname and Cuba, it was announced on Tuesday.

Briefing the media here, Subrata Bhattacharjee (Central Europe) in the External Affairs Ministry, said that Kovind will reach Greece on June 16 at the invitation of Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulus.

He will hold a meeting with Pavlopoulus as well as with Greek Prime Minister Alexis Tsipras and Leader of the Opposition Kyriakos Mitsotakis.

Kovind will also meet Indian and Greek CEOs and deliver a speech on “India and Europe in a Changing World” at the Hellenic Foundation for Europe and Foreign Policy, a leading Greek think tank.

According to Bhattacharjee, India-Greece bilateral trade stands at $530 million and some Indian companies are also present in the infrastructure, pharmaceutical and steel sectors in that central European nation.

With Greece being home to a 12,000-strong Indian diaspora, Kovind will also interact with members of the community.
From Greece, Kovind will leave for Suriname on June 19 in what will be the first ever visit by an Indian head of state to that South American nation. (IANS)

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