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Vice President to visit Serbia, Malta, Romania

IANS  |  New Delhi 

Vice M. Venkaiah will go on a week-long tour of Serbia, and from September 14, an official announced on Thursday.

He will be accompanied by of State for Finance Shiv Pratap Shukla, Rajya Sabha Members Prasanna Acharya, Vijila Satyanand and Saroj Pandey, Lok Sabha Member and a business delegation spearheaded by industry body CII.

Briefing the media here, Anju Kumar, (Central Europe) in the External Affairs Ministry, said that the visit is being undertaken given the importance of the geo-strategic location of all the three countries.

and are members of the (EU) and facilitate India's access to the European market.

While Serbia's annual growth rate is over 3 per cent, the growth rates of both and are over 5 per cent.

"has strong traditional and historical linkages with all the three countries," Kumar said.

Giving details, Kumar said that the Vice will reach on September 14 afternoon and address members of the Indian community there, numbering less than 100.

The next day, he will hold meetings with the Serbian President, and the Speaker of the and address a Parliament session.

This will be the first high-level visit from to since that country became an independent republic in 2006 following the breakup of

gives visa-free access to Indians and India-Serbia bilateral trade stands at around $200 million.

After Serbia, will visit Malta from September 16 to 18.

He will hold meetings with the Maltese President, and Speaker of the House of Representatives, besides addressing members of the Indian community there that is only 700-strong.

The Vice will also attend a business event.

The nation is considered a transhipment hub as it is at the crossroads of and

Though established diplomatic ties with Malta in 1965, it established a permanent only last year.

Malta extended cooperation to India's evacuation operation from war-torn in 2011 and again in 2014.

India-Malta bilateral trade stands at around $210 million and Indian IT companies have good opportunities there, according to Kumar.

An Indian company has also established a large presence in that country.

From Malta, will visit Romania from September 18 to 20 on the the third and last leg of his tour, coinciding with between the two and the centenary year of that country's formation.

The will hold meetings with the Romanian President, and President of the and address the Chamber of Deputies, the lower house of Parliament.

He will also participate in a business event and address members of the small Indian community there that numbers around 200.

India has bilateral trade worth around $810 million with Romania, which is rich in natural resources like bauxite, aluminum,

"Several Indian companies have invested in Romania and vice versa," Kumar said.

She added that there will be deliverables in areas like agriculture and tourism among others in all the three countries.



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First Published: Thu, September 13 2018. 19:00 IST