Mauritius president to visit India

Last Updated: Mon, Dec 31, 2012 11:40 hrs

New Delhi, Dec 31 (IANS) Imparting fresh momentum to its African diplomacy, India is readying to roll out the red carpet for Mauritius President Rajkeswur Purryag later this week, the first visit by a foreign leader to India in 2013.

The Mauritian president will be the chief guest at the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (PBD) in Kochi Jan 7-9. Purryag, better known as Kailash, is a Mauritian of Indian origin and has been speaker of the country's national assembly.

President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh are expected to hold talks separately with the visiting leader here Thursday.

The talks are expected to cover a host of bilateral issues, including enhanced trade and investment and counter-terror cooperation.

People of Indian origin account for over 60 per cent of the 1.3 million people of Mauritius.

Mauritius is the single largest FDI source for India, accounting for over 42 percent of FDI equity flows into the country.

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