Indian vice president pays a visit to Latvia

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A prominent Indian politician was in Latvia August 20, paying a visit as the most senior official from the world's second most populous countries to come to Rīga.

Vice President Venkaiah Naidu has a busy itinerary as part of a Baltic tour with a ceremonial flower-laying ceremony at the Freedom Monument, a visit to the exhibition “Latvia's Century” at the Latvian National History Museum, and meetings with Prime Minister Krišjānis Kariņš and President Egils Levits, plus participation in a Latvian-Indian business forum and the donation of a bust of Gandhi at the Latvian National Library. 

You can see Naidu's arrival at the cabinet building below. He is also the chairman of the Rajha Sabha, the upper house of the Indian parliament.

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Naidu's is the first ever high-level visit from India to the three Baltic countries, the Indian Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said on Wednesday. 

The vice president will be accompanied by a high-level delegation, including Minister of State for HRD, Communications and Electronics and Information Technology Sanjay Shamrao Dhotre, MPs P Ranee Narah, Manas Ranjan Bhunia and Ramesh Bidhuri among others, MEA Secretary (West) A Gitesh Sarma said. 

"The vice president's visit will be the first ever high-level visit (from India) to the three Baltic countries. The visit takes place in the context of increasing political engagement as well as intensified trade and commercial engagement," Sarma said. 

He added that Naidu's visit to the three Baltic nations was to advance India's outreach to the important countries in the region.


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