Vice President of India, Venkaiah Naidu emplaned for his visit to Gabon, Senegal and Qatar, the first visit from India at the level of Vice President to all three countries. Naidu is accompanied by a high-level delegation including Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare Dr Bharati Pravin Pawar and three Members of Parliament, Sushil Kumar Modi, Vijay Pal Singh Tomar and P Raveendranath.
The visit to Qatar, as both sides prepare to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations, will further enhance the bilateral ties. A number of bilateral documents are expected to be concluded during the visit to the three countries.
In Gabon, the Vice President will hold delegation-level talks with the Prime Minister of Gabon Rose Christiane Ossouka Raponda. He will call on the President of Gabon Ali Bongo Ondimba and meet other dignitaries.
Gabon is an important partner for India. Both India and Gabon are currently serving as non-permanent members of the UNSC.
In Senegal, the Vice President will hold delegation-level talks with the President of Senegal Macky Sall. Vice President Naidu will meet the President of the National Assembly Moustapha Niasse, and other dignitaries.
India-Senegal bilateral trade reached USD 1.65 billion in 2021-22. India and Senegal are celebrating the 60th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations.
In Qatar, the Vice President will hold delegation-level talks with Qatar's Deputy Amir, His Highness Sheikh Abdullah Bin Hamad Al Thani, and review bilateral cooperation. He will meet several other Qatari dignitaries during this visit. He will also address a business roundtable in Qatar.