by Candice Haughton (Jamaica Observer) The President of India Ram Nath Kovind along with his wife Savita are officially in Jamaica in an effort to strengthen diplomatic ties between both countries.
The aeroplane carrying the couple landed at the Norman Manley International Airport at precisely 4:06 pm on Sunday to the sound of a 21-gun salute from the Jamaica Defence Force.
Kovind is paying a State visit to Jamaica and St Vincent and Grenadines from May 15 to May 21, the first visit by an Indian head of State to these Caribbean countries. He will be in Jamaica until May 18.
In a statement pending his arrival, India’s Ministry of External Affairs said, “Jamaica and India have friendly relations. Jamaica is also one of the Girmitya countries with a 70,000 strong Indian Diaspora who act as a living bridge with India.”