Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu on Friday embarked on a three-nation tour of Serbia, Malta and Romania aimed at enhancing cooperation in economy, environment, trade and culture.
During his week-long visit, he is scheduled to interact with heads of states of all the three countries and witness signing of agreements. As the Chairman of Rajya Sabha, he will hold delegation-level talks with his counterparts and address their respective parliaments.
The Vice President is accompanied by Minister of State for Finance Shiv Pratap Shukla and MPs Prasanna Acharya, Raghav Lakhanpal, Saroj Pandey, and Vijila Sathyananth.
The visit is expected to help the countries exchange expertise and share knowledge in economy, environment, trade and culture, an official statement said.
Vice President Naidu will first visit Belgrade, Serbia where he is likely to interact with the Indian diaspora.
He will attend the official welcoming ceremony hosted by Serbia on Saturday and proceed to Serbia Palace to hold a meeting with the President of Republic of Serbia Aleksander Vucic.
Both the leaders will witness the signing of memorandums of understanding (MOUs) and release commemorative stamps on Nikola Tesla and Swami Vivekananda.
The Vice President is also scheduled to attend India-Serbia business forum meeting and later join the banquet hosted by Aleksander Vucic.
Naidu will hold delegation-level talks with the Speakers of the National Assembly of Republic of Serbia Maja Gajkovic and later address the special Session of the National Assembly of the Republic of Serbia before attending the presentation on the Belgrade Waterfront Project.
On Sunday, Naidu will offer floral tributes at Mahatma Gandhi’ bust and proceed to Mt Avala for the wreath-laying ceremony at the tomb of the ‘unknown soldier’. Later Ana Branbic, the prime minister of Republic of Serbia, shall host lunch. He will later depart for Malta.
The Vice President will attend the Indian community reception hosted by the High Commissioner of India to Malta.
On September 17, he will hold delegation-level talks with the President of Malta Marie-Louise Coleiro Preca and witness signing of MOUs on mutual cooperation before attending the lunch hosted by her.
The Vice President, who is also the Chairman of Rajya Sabha, will participate in a meeting with Anglu Farrugia, the Speaker of the House of Representatives of Malta and hold delegation level talks.
He will also hold delegation level talks with the acting Prime Minister of Malta Evarist Bartolo. Later in the evening, he is scheduled to attend India- Malta Business Forum Meeting where President of Malta shall also participate.
In Romania, Naidu will hold delegation level talks with Calin Popescu-Tariceanu, the President of the Senate of Romania and witness signing of MoUs. He is scheduled to hold talks with the President of Romania Klaus Werner Iohannis and later proceed to Parliament to address the members of Senate.
He will also hold talks with the Prime Minister of Romania Viorica Dancila and Nicolae-Livi Dragnea, President of the Chamber of Deputies. He will also interact with the India- Romania Business Forum Meeting.
On the last day of his trip, he will address the Indian community in Romania at a reception hosted by the Ambassador of India to Romania, statement from the vice president’s office said.