New Delhi, Feb 17 : President of Argentina Mauricio Macri arrived here on a three-day state visit to India at the invitation of Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
"Bienvenido Senor Presidente. President of Argentina Mauricio Macri arrived in Delhi on a 3-day State Visit, accompanied by First Lady & a high level delegation. India and Argentina are celebrating the 70th anniversary of establishment of diplomatic relations," MEA spokesman Raveesh Kumar tweeted. He was received at the airport on arrival by Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Rajyavardhan Rathore.
According to sources, Speaker of the Chamber of Deputies, Emilio Monzo, Minister of Foreign Affairs Ambassador Jorge Faurie, Government Secretary of Modernization Andrés Ibarra, Government Secretary of Agriculture, Luis Etchevehere, and senior officials are accompanying President Macri during the visit.
President Macri is likely to Agra on Sunday and Mumbai on February 19, Tuesday. His diplomatic engagements are slated for Monday here. The State visit of President Macri is taking place during the 70th year of the establishment of formal diplomatic relations between India and Argentina.
"It closely follows on the heels of the highly successful visit of Prime Minister Modi to Argentina for the G20 from November 30 - December 1, 2018 and the very productive bilateral meeting that Prime Minister had with President Macri on that occasion," the MEA said.
During his visit here, President Macri will meet his Indian counterpart Ram Nath Kovind President who will host a Banquet in his honour. The visiting dignitary will also hold talks with Prime Minister Modi.
"India and Argentina traditionally share warm and friendly ties anchored in mutually beneficial partnerships and admiration for each other’s cultures," an MEA statement said.
Bilateral trade between two countries is at present around USD 3 billion. This visit will provide an opportunity to the two sides to review progress in bilateral ties and to explore new avenues of cooperation, the statement said.
The visiting Argentina President is the first nation head to arrive India after Pulwama terror attack and the government launching diplomatic offensive trying to 'isolate' Pakistan vis-a-vis its double standards on terrorism. (UNI)