President Kovind visits Chile to celebrate 70th anniversary of India-Chile diplomatic relationship, addresses Indian community

India’s President Ram Nath Kovind arrived in Santiago on Sunday, marking third Indian president’s visit to Chile, to celebrate the 70th year of establishment of India-Chile diplomatic relationship.

According to ANI news reports, Kovind addressed the Indian community there and said the Indian community has integrated well into Chilean society and established a good reputation for itself and for India.

Kovind thanked Chile for its partnership and projecting both country’s shared values and said, “You represent the route to help us achieve a better understanding of Chile and Chileans. And through your affinity with an interest in India, you will be able to help us to project India in Chile.”

During delivering his speech, Kovind noted his visit is important for various reasons. He said, “The other reasons include, the 70th anniversary of India-Chile diplomatic relations, the 70th anniversary of the Indian community, the 150th birth anniversary of Mahatma Gandhi and the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev-the founder fo Sikhism.”

Later this evening, Kovind is slated to pay tribute to Mahatma Gandhi at his statue in the Chilean capital, and tomorrow he will deliver a speech on legacy and life of the Mahatma at the University of Chile.

Kovind said, “In our quest for development and progress, the overseas Indian community is an invaluable partner. We appreciate your contribution and cherish your success and achievements.”

Furthermost, Kovind said it will hold talks with his Chilean counterpart Sebastian Pinera tomorrow and hoped to have productive and fruitful discussions with him, directly benefiting bilateral ties between two sides in a mutually and constructive beneficial way.

Kovind on a three-day official visit to Chile is also scheduled to address the India-Chole business forum tomorrow.



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