Vice President accorded guard of honour in Guatemala

RSTV Bureau

Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu on Sunday reached Guatemala as part of his three-nation visit to Latin America. countries of Guatemala, Panama and Peru. This is the Vice President’s first foreign visit after assuming office. The Vice President was received by the Foreign Minister of Guatemala, Sandra Jovel and the Ambassador of India to Guatemala Sajeev Babu Kurup at the airport. He was accorded Guard of Honour.

During the week long tour, the Vice President will have over twenty five engagements. These include meetings and discussions with Presidents, Vice Presidents and Presiding Officers of these three countries, delegation level talks, addressing local Indian communities and students of academic institutions besides visiting historical sites and places.

Vice President in Guatemala

The Vice President will first travel to Guatemala on May 6 in what would be the highest-level visit from either side. The visit would focus on various areas of mutual cooperation such as protection of wildlife, human resource and training, and information technology among others.

The Vice President will reach Panama on May 7 for the second leg of his visit.

Vice President in Guatemala

Panama was the first Central American nation to establish diplomatic relations with India in 1962. India looks at Panama as the link to Central and Latin American countries as it is the major logistics and financial hub and is known as the Singapore of the region. Panama has the highest presence of Indian diaspora of 15,000.

Agriculture, education and economic cooperation will be the key focus areas during the vice president’s discussions with the leadership there.

The third and final leg of the Vice President’s visit will be to Peru. Talks with the leadership there will cover the entire spectrum of bilateral relations, including trade, commerce investment, IT, medicine, space, defence and culture. India-Peru bilateral trade of about three billion dollars is the highest among these three countries. Peru has become the founding member of International Solar Alliance in the formation of which Indian has played the lead role.

The Vice President is leading a five-member delegation on his first overseas tour.