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Vice President Venkaiah Naidu held delegation-level talks with PM of Gabon, Rose Christiane Ossouka Raponda in Libreville

Updated: June 1, 2022 11:17 am

Vice President Venkaiah Naidu held delegation-level talks with Prime Minister of Gabon, Rose Christiane Ossouka Raponda in Libreville yesterday. In a tweet, Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said, infusing a fresh impetus to our bilateral relations, the leaders discussed cooperation in development, energy, trade, climate, among others.

Vice President Naidu and the Prime Minister of Gabon witnessed the signing of Memorandum of understanding, MoUs in Libreville. Two MoUs were signed between India and Gabon for establishing a Joint Commission and diplomats’ training.

Earlier, Vice President Naidu met the central African country’s President Ali Bongo Ondimba. The Vice President’s Office tweeted that during the meeting, Mr Naidu said, India attaches great importance to its relations with Gabon and reiterated the commitment of the Government of India to be Gabon’s reliable partner in its development journey.

Mr Naidu also met Gabon Foreign Affairs Minister Michael Moussa-Adamo. In another tweet, Mr.Bagchi said, the Foreign Minister of Gabon called on Mr Naidu.

Vice President Naidu reached Libreville on Monday night in the first leg of his three-nation tour to Gabon, Senegal and Qatar. The visit aims to re-energise the India-Gabon partnership.

Vice President Venkaiah Naidu last night addressed the business community in Libreville at an event organized by India-Gabon Business Foru.

Mr Naidu is accompanied by a high-level delegation including Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare Dr. Bharati Pawar and three Members of Parliament, Sushil Kumar Modi, Vijay Pal Singh Tomar and P. Raveendranath.

This is the first-ever visit from India at the level of Vice President to all three countries. The Vice President’s visit to Gabon and to Senegal will add momentum to India’s engagement with Africa and also emphasise its commitment to the African continent.

The visit to Qatar, as both sides prepare to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations, will further enhance the bilateral ties. A number of bilateral documents are expected to be concluded during the visit to the three countries.

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