Duterte welcomes Indian president to Malacañang

October 18, 2019
Rodrigo Duterte and Ram Nath Kovind
Rodrigo Duterte and Ram Nath Kovind

PRESIDENT Rodrigo Duterte yesterday officially welcomed visiting Indian President Ram Nath Kovind in Malacañang Palace.

The 74-year-old Indian head of state arrived in the Palace around 3:30 p.m. and was welcomed by Duterte and several Cabinet members.

The welcome ceremony for Kovind, however, was canceled due to inclement weather.

Kovind is on a five-day state visit to Manila to commemorate the 70th year of relations between India and the Philippines.

Duterte and Kovind will hold a bilateral meeting to discuss political, economic, cultural and people-to-people engagement between the two countries.

The Indian leader is expected to meet beneficiaries of the Mahaveer Philippine Foundation, Inc., a Manila-based nongovernment organization which provides free prosthetic limbs made by India to Filipino amputees.

Kovind is also set to grace the Philippine-India Business Conclave and the fourth ASEAN-India business summit.

His last stop in Manila is to meet with the Indian community in the Philippines.