President Ram Nath Kovind has left India for a 3-Nation tour including Switzerland, Iceland and Slovenia. The President’s meeting is aimed at strengthening bilateral ties. The visit comes even after Pakistan refused India’s request to use its airspace for President Kovind’s flight.
New Delhi: President Ram Nath Kovind on Sunday night left for a visit to Iceland, Switzerland and Slovenia during which he will hold talks with the top leadership of those countries to strengthen bilateral ties.
"To continue India's engagement and boost bilateral relations with Iceland, Switzerland and Slovenia, President Kovind emplanes for State visits with a high level delegation," Ministry of External Affairs Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar tweeted.
President Kovind will visit Iceland from September 9-11. He will then head to Switzerland and will finally reach Slovenia on September 15. He will head back on September 17.
India had requested Pakistan on Saturday to allow President Kovind to use its airspace for his flight to Iceland. However, Pakistan refused to oblige.
In New Delhi, MEA spokesperson Kumar said India had regretted Pakistan's decision to not allow the president to use its airspace.
"We regret the decision of Pakistan government to deny overflight clearance for a VVIP special flight which is otherwise granted routinely by any normal country. We call on Pakistan to recognise the futility of such unilateral actions," Kumar had said.
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Last Updated Sep 9, 2019, 8:28 AM IST