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Indian president due in Manila

By: - Reporter / @JeromeAningINQ
/ 04:25 AM October 13, 2019

MANILA, Philippines — Indian President Ram Nath Kovind is scheduled to arrive in Manila for a state visit from Oct. 17 to 21 upon President Duterte’s invitation, the Department of Foreign Affairs (DFA) said on Friday.

“The state visit marks an important milestone in the Philippine-India bilateral relations as both countries commemorate the 70th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations this year.” the DFA said in a statement.

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The DFA said the two officials would hold a bilateral meeting on Oct. 18 in Manila to discuss areas of mutual interest, including political, economic, cultural and people-to-people engagement.

Kovind is also expected to meet with members of the Indian community in the Philippines and the Filipino beneficiaries of the Mahaveer Philippine Foundation Inc.

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Kovind, 74, was elected India’s 14th President in 2017. He was the candidate of the right-wing Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (Indian People’s Party), the world’s largest political party in terms of membership.

Kovind is the third Indian president to make a state visit to the Philippines since the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries in 1949.

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