President Droupadi Murmu arrives in Belgrade on three-day state visit to Serbia
Belgrade, Serbia (PTI)- President Droupadi Murmu said that India is on the way to become the third-largest economy of the world before the end of this decade. President Murmu was addressing the Indian community and friends of India at a community reception in Belgrade, the capital city of Serbia. The President is on a 3-day state visit to Serbia.
The President also said that new infrastructure is coming up all over the country at a breathtaking pace and India is planning to be a developed state by 2047.
Talking about women empowerment, President Murmu said early indications suggest that our gender ratio is now shifting towards the favourable.
Before the start of the program of community reception, a minute of silence was observed to remember those who lost their lives in the tragic accident at Balasore, Odisha.
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As President Murmu arrived in Serbia, she was received by the President of Serbia Aleksandar Vučić at the Nikola Tesla airport today.
President of Serbia Aleksandar Vučić, tweet Welcome to Serbia!
Добро дошли у Србију! https://t.co/61gbyxv5Iw
— Александар Вучић (@avucic) June 7, 2023
Thereafter, President Murmu paid floral tributes to the bust of Mahatma Gandhi at Gandijeva Street.
Tomorrow, the President will lay a wreath at the monument of the unknown hero at Mount Awala.
She is on the second and final leg of her six-day visit to Suriname and Serbia to bolster India’s bilateral engagement with the two countries.
She is in Serbia from June 7 to 9.
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A special feature of the visit is a business engagement where a 20 member business delegation is arriving separately from India to Serbia. The delegation will include members from 3 major Indian chambers; ASSOCHAM, FICCI and CII.
The focus of the ongoing visit is to encourage the business communities of both the countries to explore possibilities and prospects of business opportunities.
“She will be on a state visit to Serbia on the invitation of the Serbian President Aleksandar Vucic,” Secretary (West) in the MEA Sanjay Verma said on June 2 in New Delhi.
Rashtrapatiji's visit to Belgrade will be the first- ever State visit between India and Serbia. The visit will consolidate our close and warm ties further, and will encourage greater economic and commercial partnership between the two countries. https://t.co/QVb3xgdMZE
— Sanjay Verma (@SanjayVermalFS) June 2, 2023
The President will have a bilateral meeting with President Vucic, and meet Prime Minister Ana Brnabic, and Speaker of the National Assembly Vladimir Orlic. She will also address a business event and interact with the Indian community.
Mr. Verma said it will be her first-ever visit to Europe after she became the President.
“This is also the first-ever state visit at the level of head of state between the two countries,” he said.
Ms. Murmu arrived here after completing her three-day state visit to Suriname — her first since assuming office in July last year.