President Ram Nath Kavand will present cricket kits to aspiring cricket players during his upcoming visit to Jamaica and St. Vincent and the Grenadines (SVG), two Caribbean countries.
Cowan will embark on a seven-day visit to Jamaica and SVG from May 15, the first by an Indian head of state to visit two Caribbean countries.
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Foreign Ministry Secretary (East) Soorabh Kumar said in a media briefing on Friday that Kavand would hand over cricket kits to aspiring cricket players in Jamaica as well as SVG.
Both countries are part of what is known as the West Indies, one of the most prominent cricket teams in the world.
Kumar said the visit underscores India’s commitment to development partnerships and sharing of experience, knowledge and skills with developing small island states.
“This visit underscores the importance we place on our relationship with the Caribbean community,” Kumar said.
The secretary said the president would be in Jamaica from May 15 to 18 for the first leg of his visit. He will visit SVG from May 18 to 21.
Kumar said that in Jamaica, a street in the Kingston capital would be named after Dr. BR Ambedkar to mark the 60th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries.
He said that the President of the Republic of India would inaugurate the Jamaican Friendship Garden by planting a sandalwood tree there and would also interact with various sections of the Jamaican community.
“As a token of our shared love for cricket, they will hand over cricket kits for young cricketers to the President of the Jamaica Cricket Association,” Kumar said.
Kumar said that in Jamaica, Cowan would hold talks with Jamaican Governor General Sir Patrick Allen and meet with Prime Minister Andrew Hollins.
The President will also address a joint sitting of both houses of the Jamaican Parliament.
In SVG, the President will preside over a ceremony to rename a road and drive India.
The President will also provide cricket kits to aspiring Indian cricketers under the framework of Cricket Association of SVG.
During the SVG visit, Cowan will hold talks with Governor General Susan Duggan. He will meet with Prime Minister Ralph E. Gonzalez, as well as other dignitaries.
According to MEA, the President is also scheduled to address the House.
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