Kovind holds talks with President of Djibouti; two countries sign agreement on political consultations

File photo of President Ram Nath Kovind
File photo of President Ram Nath Kovind
President Ram Nath Kovind held delegation level talks with Djibouti President Ismail Omar Guelleh on a wide range of issues, including areas of common concern and interest such as terrorism, renewable energy and maritime cooperation in the Indian Ocean Region.
The wide-ranging discussions also covered topics such as Djibouti’s support for membership of the International Solar Alliance and technical and capacity building assistance by India to enhance employment opportunities for Djibouti’s young people. 
Earlier, Mr. Kovind, who reached here yesterday evening, was accorded a ceremonial welcome at the Presidential Palace this morning. He inspected a guard of honour along Mr. Guelleh.
An agreement to establish regular political consultations between India and Djibouti, at the level of the Foreign Office, was signed in the presence of the two Presidents.
Mr. Kovind specifically thanked Mr. Guelleh for Djibouti’s support during Operation Rahat, undertaken by India in 2015 to evacuate its citizens from conflict-hit Yemen. 
Later in the day, the President attended a State Banquet Luncheon hosted by Mr. Guelleh.
Thereafter, Mr. Kovind left for Addis Ababa, the Ethiopian capital, on the second leg of his two-country visit to Africa. 
In Addis Ababa, Dr Mulatu Teshome, the President of Ethiopia, made a special gesture in being present at the Bole International Airport to receive Mr. Kovind. Subsequently, he was accorded a guard of honour and witnessed an Ethiopian cultural and music performance. 
President Kovind is the first Indian President to visit Ethiopia in 45 years after President V.V. Giri (1972) and President S. Radhakrishnan (1965).


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