Children holding Indian and Icelandic flags welcomed Indian President Ram Nath Kovind to the country at his ceremonial reception along with Guðni Thorlacius Jóhannesson, the President of Iceland. Both President Kovind and Jóhannesson narrated the story of India's historic mission to the Moon, Chandrayaan-2, to the eager children. Kovind spoke of the bold mission attempted by India which has been an inspiration to many all across the world.
#Chandrayaan2 - a story of inspiring the kids world over!— President of India (@rashtrapatibhvn) September 11, 2019
Icelandic children were all ears to @PresidentISL Johannesson talking to them about India’s #Chandrayaan2 during the ceremonial reception of President Kovind. pic.twitter.com/2paejF7ovD
This was a first for an Indian President to visit the Nordic Island nation, since APJ Abdul Kalam in 2005.
In the video, the President of Iceland can be seen telling the children of India's brave effort to explore the Moon. The children seem to be joyous and in awe of the interaction.
Chandrayaan-2 was supposed to land on the Moon on the wee hours of Saturday. However, the lander Vikram lost communication with ISRO. Although the Chandrayaan-2's orbiter continues to orbit the Moon. In recent developments, ISRO updated media that the lander Vikram has been located by the orbiter of Chandrayaan-2 on the lunar surface after a hard-landing. K Sivan, the Chairman of ISRO has stated that the space agency would try to restore contact for the next 14 days.
President Kovind is on a three-nation tour. His next stop after Iceland is Switzerland, and he will then arrive at Slovenia on September 15.
Kovind met his counterpart in Iceland to discuss multiple issues ranging from bilateral talks and trade along with investment, and technology. According to a statement released by the Ministry of External Affairs, both the countries discussed terrorism. Iceland has also extended its support to India and showed solidarity over the February 14 Pulwama Attacks. The office further thanked Jóhannesson for his understanding of the issue in a tweet.
Both sides discussed that terrorism is the worst violation of basic human rights and it needs to be dealt with strongly in whichever form it appears.— President of India (@rashtrapatibhvn) September 10, 2019
India thanked Iceland for its support and solidarity in condemning Pulwama terror attack.
India has been a victim of cross border terrorism for several decades.— President of India (@rashtrapatibhvn) September 10, 2019
President Kovind thanked President Johannesson for his understanding for India’s core concerns. pic.twitter.com/CY3fouRJ6X