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Addis Ababa: President Ram Nath Kovind being accorded ceremonial welcome at Addis Ababa Bole International Airport in Ethiopia on Oct 4, 2017. (Photo: IANS/RB) by .
President Ram Nath Kovind being accorded ceremonial welcome at Addis Ababa Bole International Airport in Ethiopia (Photo: IANS/RB)

Indian President Ram Nath Kovind arrived here in Addis Ababa from Djibouti on the second and last leg of his two-nation Africa tour….reports Asian Lite News

Addis Ababa: President Ram Nath Kovind being accorded ceremonial welcome at Addis Ababa Bole International Airport in Ethiopia on Oct 4, 2017. (Photo: IANS/RB) by .
President Ram Nath Kovind being accorded ceremonial welcome at Addis Ababa Bole International Airport in Ethiopia (Photo: IANS/RB)

The President was received by his Ethiopian counterpart Mulatu Teshome, the Rashtrapati Bhavan tweeted.

Kovind will hold a meeting with Teshome and review the entire gamut of bilateral relations, according to the External Affairs Ministry.

He will also interact with the Indian community here, address a business event and deliver a speech at the University of Addis Ababa.

Earlier on Wednesday, Kovind held delegation-level talks with his Djiboutian counterpart Omar Guelleh and discussed maritime cooperation and renewable energy, among other issues.

The two countries also signed an agreement to establish regular India-Djibouti Foreign Office level consultations.

Kovind’s visit is a manifestation of India’s growing interactions with Africa. Over the last two years, several visits have been made to African nations by then President Pranab Mukherjee, then Vice President Hamid Ansari and Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

This is Kovind’s first visit abroad since assuming office in July this year.