The Vice President of India, M Venkaiah Naidu embarks on a three nation visit to Serbia, Malta and Romania on a weeklong trip from September 14 -21. He is scheduled to interact with the heads of states of all the three countries and witness the signing of MOUs. As the Chairman of Rajya Sabha, he will hold delegation level talks with his counterparts and address their respective Parliaments.
Hon’ble Vice President will be accompanied by Union Minister of State for Finance, Shiv Pratap Shukla and Members of Parliament – Prasanna Acharya, MP (Rajya Sabha) Raghav Lakhanpal, MP (Lok Sabha), Ms. Saroj Pandey, MP (Rajya Sabha), Smt. Vijila Sathyananth, MP (Rajya Sabha).
The visit is expected to strengthen India’s bilateral relations with these three countries. Vice President’s visit will help the countries exchange expertise and share knowledge in the fields of economy, environment, trade and culture.
Vice President will depart from New Delhi on 14th and will reach the Nikola Tesla Airport in Belgrade, Serbia and reach the same evening where he will interact with the Indian Diaspora.
He will attend the official Welcoming Ceremony hosted by Serbia on Saturday and proceed to Serbia Palace to hold Tête-à-tête meeting with the President of Republic of Serbia H.E Mr. Aleksander Vucic. Both the leaders will witness signing of MOUs and release commemorative stamps on Nikola Tesla and Swami Vivekananda. A press statement will follow the event.
Vice President is also scheduled to attend India-Serbia business forum meeting and later join the banquet hosted by H.E Aleksander Vucic. Vice President Naidu will hold delegation level talks with the Speakers of the National Assembly of Republic of Serbia H.E. Mrs. Maja Gajkovic and later address the special Session of the National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia before attending the presentation on the Belgrade Waterfront Project.
On Sunday, September 16, 2018. Mr Naidu will offer floral tributes at Mahatma Gandhi’ Bust and proceed to Mt. Avala to the wreath laying ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier. Later H.E. Mr. Ana Branbic, the Prime Minister of the Republic of Serbia shall host lunch. He will depart for Malta.
The Vice President of India will attend the Indian community reception hosted by the High Commissioner of India to Malta. On September 17, he will hold delegation level talks with the President of Malta, H.E Ms. Marie- Louise Coleiro Preca and witness signing of MOUs on mutual cooperation before attending the lunch hosted by the President of Malta.
Vice President of India who is also the Chairman of Rajya Sabha will participate in a meeting with H.E Dr. Anglu Farrugia, the speaker of the House of Representatives of Malta and hold delegation level talks. He will also hold delegation level talks with the acting Prime Minister of Malta H.E Mr. Evarist Bartolo. Later in the evening, he is scheduled to attend India- Malta Business Forum Meeting where President of Malta shall also participate.
In Romania, the Vice President will hold delegation level talks with H.E. Mr. Calin Popescu-Tariceanu, the President of the Senate of Romania and witness signing of MOUs. He is scheduled to hold delegation level talks with the President of Romania H.E. Mr. Klaus Werner Iohannis and later proceed to the Parliament to address the members of Senate.
He will also hold talks with the Prime Minister of Romania H.E. Mr. Viorica Dancila and Mr Nicolae- Livi Dragnea, President of The Chamber of Deputies. He will also interact with the India- Romania Business Forum Meeting. On the last day of his trip he will address the Indian community in Romania at a reception hosted by the Ambassador of India to Romania.