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Mauritius-India: Visit of Indian Minister of External Affairs

Date: October 30, 2014
Domain:Arts & Culture; Foreign Affairs; International Relations
Persona: Citizen; Government; Business

GIS – October 30, 2014: The Minister of External Affairs and Overseas Indian Affairs of the Republic of India, Shrimati Sushma Swaraj, will be on an official visit to Mauritius from 1st to 3rd November 2014.
The Minister will be the Chief Guest on the occasion of activities being organised by the Ministry of Arts and Culture and the Aapravasi Ghat Trust Fund for the commemoration of the 180th Anniversary of the Arrival of Indentured Labourers in Mauritius.  The official ceremony marked annually on 2 November at the Aapravasi Ghat in Port Louis will be held in the presence of the President of the Republic, Mr Rajkeswur Purryag, GCSK, GOSK, and the Prime Minister, Dr Navinchandra Ramgoolam, GCSK, FRCP.
Other than the historical and cultural elements of the visit of Minister Swaraj, bilateral and economic aspects, namely strengthening of friendly and cooperation ties between Mauritius and India, will also be of prime importance.
During her visit, Minister Swaraj will pay courtesy calls on President Purryag, Prime Minister Ramgoolam, and Deputy Prime Minister, Minister of Energy and Public Utilities, Dr Beebeejaun.  The programme of visit comprises: interactive business meeting at Hennessy Park Hotel, in Ebène; launching of the International Conference on Indentured Labourers at the Mahatma Gandhi Institute, in Moka; and Civic Reception at the Human Service Trust, Calebasses, in Pamplemousses.
The bilateral cooperation agenda will also be discussed during a tête-à-tête between the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Regional Integration and International Trade, Dr Arvin Boolell, and his Indian counterpart, Minister Swaraj.  The objective will be to deepen and broaden the scope of cooperation between both countries as well as explore new perspectives of partnership.
It is recalled that India and Mauritius share a very close and unique relationship which encompasses virtually all aspects of bilateral and multilateral relations.  Both countries are inextricably knit together by abiding bonds of friendship, cultural, religious and shared historical experience.
Diplomatic relations between India and Mauritius were established in 1948, soon after India’s independence.
 Government Information Service, Prime Minister’s Office, Level 6, New Government Centre, Port Louis, Mauritius. Email: Website:
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