Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu has reached Lithuania, the first stop of his three-nation visit. The Vice President is on a six-day visit to Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia. This is the first ever high-level visit from India to the three Baltic countries.
The Vice President’s visit is expected to enhance India’s bilateral ties with each of these three countries and help in promoting people-to-people contacts and business opportunities.
“The vice president’s visit will be the first ever high-level visit (from India) to the three Baltic countries. The visit takes place in the context of increasing political engagement as well as intensified trade and commercial engagement,” MEA Secretary (West) A Gitesh Sarma said.
He added that Vice President Naidu’s visit to the three Baltic nations was to advance India’s outreach to the important countries in the region.
“This visit will provide an opportunity to brief the Baltic countries and hear their views on enhanced opportunities for cooperation, thus further strengthening our existing friendly ties,” he added.
The Vice President will visit Lithuania from August 17-19, during which he will have a detailed bilateral meeting with President Gitanas Nauseda and will meet Viktoras Pranckietis, Speaker of the Seimas (Lithuanian Parliament).
In Latvia, the Vice President will have a bilateral meeting with President Eglis Levits and will also meet Prime Minister Krisjanis Karins and Inese Libina-Egnere, the Acting Speaker of the Saeima (Latvian Parliament). The Vice President will be in Latvia on August 19-20.
The Vice President is also scheduled to attend a business forum co-organised by the Latvian Chamber of Commerce and Industry and ASSOCHAM (Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India).
“The Vice President will lay a wreath at the Freedom Monument of Latvia and unveil a bust of Mahatma Gandhi at the National Library of Latvia. He will also interact with the Indian community,” MEA stated.
The Vice President will visit Estonia from August 20-21, where he will meet President Kersti Kaljulaid, Prime Minister Juri Ratas and the President of the Riigikogu (Estonian Parliament), Henn Polluaas.
As a special privilege, Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu will also address the Estonian Head of Mission’s conference on India’s role in the Indo-Pacific region and address an India-Estonia business forum led by the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) from the Indian side. He is also scheduled to meet with members of the Indian community in Estonia.
During the visit, the Vice President will be accompanied by a high-level delegation including Shri Sanjay Shamrao Dhotre, Minister of State for HRD, Communications and Electronics & Information Technology, Smt. Ranee Narah, Member of Parliament, Rajya Sabha, Shri Manas Ranjan Bhunia, Member of Parliament, Rajya Sabha, Shri Ramesh Bidhuri, Member of Parliament, Lok Sabha and senior officers of the Government of India.