September 30, 2017 - President Shri Ram Nath Kovind, will pay a State visit to Ethiopia at the invitation of the President of Ethiopia H.E. Dr. Mulatu Teshome from October 4-6, 2017. This would be the first visit abroad by the Indian President after assuming office.
During the visit President will hold a meeting with the President of Ethiopia H.E. Dr. Mulatu Teshome and review the entire gamut of bilateral relations. Other elements of his programme include interaction with the Indian Community, addressing a business event and delivering remarks at the University of Addis Ababa.
Bilateral partnership between India and Ethiopia which rests on civilizational ties and cultural bonds now cover all areas of mutual and contemporary relevance. India is amongst the top trade, investment and development partner of Ethiopia. Ethiopia continues to be the largest recipient of India’s concessional Lines of Credit in Africa.
President Shri will also visit Djibouti from October 3-4, 2017 at the invitation of the President of Djibouti H.E. Mr. Ismail Omar Guelleh. This would also be the first ever visit at the level of Head of State or Government from India to the Republic of Djibouti since the establishment of diplomatic relations between the two countries. President would be received by President of Djibouti H.E. Mr. Ismail Omar Guelleh and would hold talks with him.
Contemporary bilateral relations with Djibouti are marked by mutual respect and understanding on various bilateral, regional and multilateral issues. India and Djibouti bilateral trade stood at US$284.54 million in 2016-17. India, within the rubric of South-South Cooperation, has extended lines of credit amounting to US $ 49.13 million to the Government of Djibouti for construction of a cement plant.