NEW DELHI: Vice President Hamid Ansari today left on a five-day visit to Nigeria and Mali, where he will hold two-sided converses with the administration of the two West African countries other than taking an interest in various occasions.
He visit to Nigeria is at the welcome of his partner Yemi Osinbajo.
From Nigeria, Ansari will go to Mali on September 29, the main ever abnormal state visit to that nation from India.
The VP is joined by his better half Salma Ansari, Minister of State for Finance Arjun Ram Meghwal and MPs Bhubaneshwar Kalita, Dilip Kumar Tirkey and Mohammad Salim.
In Abuja, Ansari will hold converses with Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari, Osinbajo, president of the Senate, speaker of the House of Representatives and convey a location at the National Defense College of Nigeria.
He will likewise meet the legislative leader of Lagos and convey a location at the joint business gathering at the University of Lagos.
The VP will initiate the High Commission of India Chancery complex at Abuja and interface with individuals from the Indian people group both in Abuja and Lagos.
"The VP's visit (to Nigeria) expects to assist reinforce the key organization between the two nations, extend and broaden respective monetary engagement and investigate new roads of associations on an extensive variety of issues of shared regular premium," External Affairs Ministry representative Vikas Swarup said. In Mali, Ansari will meet the president, the PM furthermore address the National Assembly.
The visit to Mali is gone for boosting the relationship between the two nations and investigate new territories of collaboration to grow and differentiate respective relationship.