President Ram Nath Kovind met his counterpart Iceland’s President Guðni Thorlacius Jóhannesson on Tuesday. The two held wide-ranging bilateral talks and discussed trade, investment, and technology. Reportedly, both the leaders also discussed terrorism as an issue in the meeting. The office of the President thanked Jóhannesson for his understanding of the issue in a tweet.
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
According to a press statement released by the Ministry of External Affairs, both the leaders discussed terrorism and also agreed that terrorism is a violation of human rights and condemned terrorism around the world. The statement also said that Iceland supported India and showed solidarity over the February 14 Pulwama Attacks.
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.
The President has arrived in Iceland on Monday. Ram Nath Kovind was given a ceremonial welcome by the Iceland President Guðni Thorlacius Jóhannesson. President Kovind also addressed the Indian Diaspora in Iceland and lauded their contribution to local society in Iceland. He also addressed a business delegation there. The President delivered an address at the University of Iceland on ‘India-Iceland partnership toward a greener planet’.
President Ram Nath Kovind is on a three-nation tour and is also slated to visit Switzerland and arrive at Slovenia on September 15. The President is expected to head back on September 17.
Ministry of External Affairs Spokesperson Raveesh Kumar also tweeted informing about the President's visits-
To continue India's engagement and boost the bilateral relations with Iceland, Switzerland and Slovenia, #PresidentKovind emplanes for State visits with a high level delegation. pic.twitter.com/3v1RFIkyHS— Raveesh Kumar (@MEAIndia) September 8, 2019
President Ram Nath Kovind is the second Indian President to visit Iceland after former President APJ Abdul Kalam visited the country in 2005.