President Ram Nath Kovind will visit Jamaica, Saint Vincent, and the Grenadines (SVG) from May 15 to 21 and his visit will be the first-ever visit by any Indian Head of State to these countries, the Ministry of External Affairs said in a statement. According to the statement, during the President’s visit, he will hold a delegation level talk with his counterpart, the Governor-General of Jamaica, Patrick Allen. He will also meet Prime Minister Andrew Holness and other dignitaries.
“Jamaica and India have friendly relations. Jamaica is also one of the Girmitya countries with a 70,000 strong Indian diaspora, which acts as a living bridge with India. The visit comes at a significant milestone as 2022 is the 60th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between India and Jamaica,’ said in the statement. Notably, India and Jamaica are also celebrating their 75th and 60th anniversary of their independence respectively. President will also visit SVG from May 18-21, during his visit, he will hold discussions with his counterpart Governor-General Susan Dougan and will also meet the SVG’s PM Ralph E Gonsalves as well as other dignitaries. President will also address the House of Assembly of SVG, the statement reads.
SVG is an important partner of India, India, and SVG were both non-permanent members of the UNSC in 2021 and shared good cooperation during this period. “Jamaica and SVG are active members in the Caribbean Community. The first-ever Head of State visit to these countries is a continuation of India’s high-level engagement with the countries in the Caribbean region and continued our commitment to work with Small Island developing countries,” stated in the statement.