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Swaraj to visit Bulgaria, Morocco and Spain from February 16-19

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External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj will undertake a four-day visit to Bulgaria, Morocco and Spain from February 16-19.
 
Swaraj will be in Bulgaria on February 16-16 on a follow-up trip to the state visit of the President Ram Nath Kovind to that country in September last year.
 
This will be the first ever visit by an Indian External Affairs Minister to Bulgaria. During the visit, Swaraj will meet with the Deputy Prime Minister and Foreign Minister of Bulgaria for discussions on bilateral, regional and global issues of mutual interest. 
 
Swaraj will pay floral tributes at the statue of Mahatma Gandhi at the South Park in Sofia. The statue was unveiled last year by Kovind along with President of Bulgaria to mark the celebrations of the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi.
 
She will also interact with members of the Indian community and Friends of India in Sofia during the visit, a press release from the Ministry of External Affairs said.
 
On the second leg of her tour, Swaraj will visit Morocco on September 17-18 in pursuit of India’s objective of enhanced engagement with the kingdom.
 
The visit will provide an opportunity to hold in-depth discussions on bilateral, regional and global issues. During the visit, Swaraj will interact with her counterpart Nasser Bourita, Minister of Foreign Affairs & International Cooperation, Morocco. She will also call on King Mohammed VI; Saad Dine El Otmani, Head of Government; and Habib El Maliki, President of Chamber of Representatives, Parliament. 
 
Three MoUs for cooperation in the areas of Counter Terrorism, Housing & Human Settlements and Youth Matters are expected for signing during the visit. The Minister will also interact with the Indian community in Rabat. 
 
On the last leg of her visit, Swaraj will travel to Spain on February 18-19 during which  she will hold a bilateral meeting with her counterpart Josep Borrell Fontelles, Spanish Minister of Foreign Affairs, the European Union and Cooperation, to discuss bilateral, regional and global issues of mutual concern. 
 
The Spanish Government will also confer upon Swaraj the prestigious Grand Cross of the Order of Civil Merit for India´s swift response through Operation Maitri in rescuing 71 Spanish nationals from Nepal in April 2015 in the wake of the disastrous earthquake. She will also interact with the Indian community in Spain.
 
"External Affairs Minister’s visit will strengthen India’s relations with these three countries, expand avenues of cooperation and provide an opportunity discuss regional and global issues of importance," the release added.
 
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