The President of India, Ram Nath Kovind, was accorded a ceremonial welcome at the Presidential Palace in Djibouti on the second day of his visit to the African country. He inspected a Guard of Honour along with his counterpart, the President of the Republic of Djibouti, Mr Ismail Omar Guelleh.
The delegation level talks between the two countries led by the president resulted in signing of an agreement to establish regular political consultations between India and Djibouti, at the level of the Foreign Office.
During wide-ranging talks, President Kovind who is the first Indian President to visit Djibouti made specific reference to areas of common concern and interest such as terrorism; renewable energy and particularly Djibouti’s support for membership of the International Solar Alliance; maritime cooperation in the Indian Ocean Region; and technical and capacity building assistance by India to enhance employment opportunities for Djibouti’s young people.
President Kovind specifically thanked President Guelleh for Djibouti’s support during Operation Rahat, undertaken by India in 2015 to evacuate its citizens from conflict-hit Yemen.