New Delhi: In his first leg of the visit to Jamaica and Saint Vincent and Grenadines, President Ram Nath Kovind landed in Kingston, the capital city of Jamaica, on Monday (May 16) early morning.
“President Kovind arrives to a warm welcome by Jamaican Governor General Sir Patrick Allen, PM Andrew Holness & Cabinet Ministers at Kingston airport. This is the 1st-ever visit by an Indian President to Jamaica and marks 60 years of India-Jamaica diplomatic relations,” tweeted MEA spokesman Arindam Bagchi.
This is the 1st-ever visit by an Indian President to Jamaica & marks 60 years of 🇮🇳🇯🇲 diplomatic relations. pic.twitter.com/1KLPW7W6cp
— Arindam Bagchi (@MEAIndia) May 16, 2022
On his arrival, the president was accorded a ceremonial reception starting with a 21-Gun salute, following which he was escorted by the guard of honour.
The Prime minister of Jamaica and other dignitaries were also present on occasion.
After the ceremonial reception, President Kovind departed for the hotel.
At the hotel, the Indian community welcomed the President with enthusiasm.
The President will be in Jamaica till May 18, and he will hold delegation-level talks with his counterpart, the Governor-General of Jamaica. He will also meet Prime Minister Andrew Holness and other dignitaries.
President Kovind will also address the Joint Sitting of the two Houses of Jamaican Parliament.
The visit comes at a significant milestone as 2022 is the 60th anniversary of establishing diplomatic relations between India and Jamaica.
Jamaica is also one of the Girmitiya countries with a strong Indian diaspora, acting as a living bridge with India.