India, Djibouti sign agreement on bilateral consultations
October 4, 2017 | 6:09 PM
by PTI
Indian President Ram Nath Kovind is greeted by Ismail Omar Guelleh, the President of Djibouti at the Presidential Palace in Djibouti on Wednesday. Photo - PTI/RB

Djibouti City: India and Djibouti on Wednesday signed an agreement to establish regular Foreign Office-level consultations during President Ram Nath Kovind's visit here.

The agreement was signed after Kovind and his Djiboutian counterpart Omar Guelleh held talks. Kovind thanked Guelleh for his country's support during Operation Rahat for evacuating Indians from war-torn Yemen in 2015, and also discussed cooperation in the maritime and renewable energy domains.

He also urged for an early ratification of Djibouti's membership of the International Solar Alliance (ISA) and mentioned its solar energy potential.

The ISA was jointly launched by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and then French President Francois Hollande at the CoP21 in Paris in 2015. The aim of the ISA is to provide a dedicated platform for cooperation among solar resource rich countries and promote the use of solar energy.

Earlier on Wednesday, Kovind was accorded a ceremonial welcome by Guelleh at the Presidential Palace here before leading delegation-level talks. Kovind, who arrived here on Tuesday on the first leg of his four-day visit to Djibouti and Ethiopia, is on his maiden trip abroad since taking office. He is the first Indian leader to visit Djibouti.

Kovind's visit to the strategically-located African nation assumes significance as China has opened its first overseas military base in Djibouti.

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