Mauritius to welcome Indian Minister of External Affairs
Minister Swaraj will be in Mauritius for the commemoration of the island’s 180th Anniversary of the Arrival of Indentured Labourers as well as to strengthen the friendly and cooperation ties between Mauritius and India. (Image: Times of Israel)
The Minister of External Affairs and Overseas Indian Affairs of the Indian Republic, Shrimati Sushma Swaraj, will be the Chief Guest for the commemoration of the 180th Anniversary of the Arrival of Indentured Labourers in Mauritius, according to a press release published on the Mauritius Government website.
Mauritius will receive the official visit of Minister Swaraj from 1st to 3rd November 2014 and in collaboration with the Aapravasi Ghat Trust Fund, the Ministry of Arts and Culture will organise a series of activities to mark this key event in the history of Mauritius.
Each year, the official ceremony is marked on the 2nd November and for this year’s ceremony, the President of the Republic, Rajkeswur Purryag, and the Prime Minister, Navinchandra Ramgoolam, will be present at the Aapravasi Ghat in Port Louis.
Another important purpose of the visit of Minister Swaraj is to strengthen the friendly and cooperation ties between Mauritius and India.
In addition to the historical and cultural elements of her visit, Minister Swaraj will make a courtesy call to President Purryag, Prime Minister Ramgoolam, and Minister of Energy and Public Utilities, Rashid Beebeejaun.
The programme of visit comprises of: 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.
Also, the bilateral cooperation agenda will be discussed during a tête-à-tête between the Minister of Foreign Affairs, Regional Integration and International Trade, Arvin Boolell, and Minister Swaraj.
The objective of this bilateral cooperation is to deepen and expand the scope of cooperation between the two countries and investigate on new perspectives of partnership.
After India’s independence, Mauritius and India established diplomatic relations in 1948, and since that day, Mauritius and India share a very close and unique relationship covering almost all aspects of bilateral and multilateral relations and the two countries are total tie together by abiding bonds of friendship, cultural, religious and shared historical experience.