Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu on Wednesday, March 6 arrives at Paraguay. He was received by Paraguay's Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs Hugo Saguier Caballero.
On Tuesday, March 5 embarked on a two-nation visit to Paraguay and Costa Rica to strengthen bilateral ties with the two Latin American countries. Venkaiah Naidu is the first ever Indian Vice President to visit the Republic of Paraguay.
During his visit, Naidu will seek the support of two countries for India's bid for permanent membership in the United Nations Security Council, apart from pushing for strengthening the cooperation in various areas, including trade, culture and science, and technology with Paraguay and Costa Rica.
Minister of State for culture and Tourism Alphons Joseph Kannanthanam, Member of Parliament Ram Kumar Kashyap and senior government officials are accompanying the Vice President in his eight-day visit to the Latin American countries.
After arriving at Paraguay, Naidu will visit National Pantheon of Heroes and pay homage to fallen soldiers by placing a wreath. Later, he will hold discussions with the President of Paraguay Mario Abdo Benitez at Palacio de Gobierno.
The Vice President will also have a tete-a-tete with his Paraguayan counterpart Hugo Valazquez and also participate in a high-level delegation talks and attend the banquet lunch hosted in his honour. Later Naidu will meet with President of the National Congress, Silver Ovelar and attend a reception organised for the Indian community in Paraguay.
On March 9, the President of Congress of the Republic of Costa Rica Carolina Hidalgo Herrera will call on Naidu followed by banquet lunch by the first Vice President of the Republic of Costa Rica Epsy Campbell Barr. The Vice President will return to India on March 11.