Next week, Narendra Modi will land in Mauritius. He has been invited as the guest of honour for the Independence Day celebrations. The formal invitation had been handed over to him personally by vice-Prime Minister, Showkutally Soodun, back in January.
The Indian Prime Minister is expected to arrive on the afternoon of the 11th of March. He will then meet with the Mauritian PM, Sir Anerood Jugnauth, the President of the Republic Kailash Purryag, and the leader of the opposition, Paul Bérenger.
A ‘time slot’ has been scheduled on the 12th of March for the meeting between the Indian PM and Paul Berenger. However, according to l’Express, the latter might be hesitant to meet Narendra Modi. But, officially, there seems to be no problem. Paul Berenger himself has not made any comment.
Furthermore, SAJ had previously requested for his Indian counterpart to address the members of the National Assembly on the 12th of March. He mentioned that it is an immense honour for our country to welcome such a personality who, according to him, is one of the most prominent politicians worldwide.
Apart from the various meetings with political personalities of the island, the Indian PM will pay a visit to the Ganga Talao, the Appravasi Ghat, and the Mahatma Gandhi Institue. He will, however, not visit the samadhi of sir Seewoosagur Ramgoolam. He will then return to his country on the night of the 12th of March.
During his visit, several Memorandum of Understanding will be signed, including an agreement that will facilitate the sea and air transport. Topics such as bilateral cooperation between Mauritius and India will also be discussed, specially concerning the innovative sectors.
After leaving Mauritius, Narendra Modi will visit other islands in the Indian Ocean, including Seychelles and the Maldives.