India’s President in Cyprus, Meets Anastasiades, Deals Made

India President Ram Nath Kovind, center, and Cyprus' President Nicos Anastasiades, left, review a military guard of honor during a welcoming ceremony at the presidential palace in capital Nicosia, Cyprus, Monday, Sept. 3, 2018. India President Ram Nath Kovind is on a two-day visit to Cyprus. (AP Photo/Philippos Christou)

NICOSIA – Indian President Ram Nath Kovind was on Cyprus Sept. 3 for a two-day visit where he signed bilateral agreements and was meeting with top political leaders and residents of his country living on the island.

Kovind, the first Indian President to visit the island in nine years, arrived Sept. 2 at Larnaca International Airport where he was greeted by Acting Foreign Minister and Energy Minister Yiogos Lakkotrypis.

The Indian President and his wife met Cypriot President Nicos Anastasiades and his wife at the Presidential palace. “I am happy to be here,” Kovind told the couple as he exited his vehicle, the Cyprus Mail reported.

Kovind thanked Anastasiades for supporting India in its bid for permanent membership of UN Security Council and the Nuclear Supplies Group (NSG.) India and Cyprus agreed to expand cooperation in the fields of IT, tourism, shipping and renewable energy.

India President Ram Nath Kovind, left, and Cyprus’ President Nicos Anastasiades meet at the presidential palace in capital Nicosia, Cyprus, Monday, Sept. 3, 2018. (AP Photo/Philippos Christou)

He had written on Twitter, in Greek, he was pleased to be coming to Cyprus. He was to also meet House Speaker Demetris Syllouris and later address Parliament during a full session in the evening.
Kovind will also visit the University of Cyprus campus to unveil a bust of Rabindranath Tagore, one of the greatest poets of India.

President Kovind was given a ceremonial welcome with the Guard of Honour at the Presidential palace. He laid the wreath on the statue of Archbishop Makarios, All India Radio reported of the visit.
Kovind called upon the Indian diaspora in Cyprus to contribute to promoting India and spoke about programs such as Make in India, Digital India, Start-Up India and Ujjwala Yojana.