Prime Minister Scott Morrison on President of India Shri Ramnath Kovind’s visit to Australia on November 21-23

Prime Minister Scott Morrison sends this message on the visit by the President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind:

“I look forward to welcoming His Excellency Mr Ram Nath Kovind, President of the Republic of India, and his wife, Mrs Savita Kovind, to Australia from 21 to 23 November.

President Kovind’s visit is a historic occasion, the first ever state visit to Australia by an Indian President.

During his visit, the President will have the opportunity to engage with the Indian-Australian community, one of the largest in Australia, who make a valued contribution across all facets of Australian life.

Our two nations have deep economic, government and people-to-people ties. We are strong democracies and share a longstanding commitment to the rule of law.

India is a critical partner in the Indo-Pacific region and a strong economic contributor to Australia. In 2017, our trade relationship was worth more than $27 billion.

Australia and India are close strategic partners and I look forward to building on our relationship as it continues to grow in strength.”

President Kovind and Mrs Kovind will travel to Sydney and Melbourne. Their visit follows a visit by the Governor-General, His Excellency General Sir Peter Cosgrove, and Lady Cosgrove to India in March.

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