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Greece, Suriname, Cuba: President Ramnath Kovind to embark on three nation tour

President Ram Nath Kovind will embark on three nation official tour to Greece, Suriname and Cuba from 16 to 22 June 2018. Greece will be first leg of the visit followed by Suriname and Cuba. President will be accompanied by large delegation including Minister of State for Steel Vishnu Deo Sai.

Key Facts

Greece: President Kovind will meet Greek President Prokopis Pavlopoulos during his visit. He will also meet his Greek counterpart Alexis Tsipras and Leader of Opposition. He is scheduled to visit places of historical and archaeological importance and address the Indian diaspora. He will also visit Monument of Unknown Soldiers and lay wreath there.

Suriname: President Kovind will hold discussions with President Desire Delano Bouterse followed by official level talks. Besides, number of agreements and MoUs in the areas of health and medicine, elections, IT, Ayurveda are scheduled to be signed. India will offer Line of Credit (LoC) of $54.5 million to Suriname for solar related projects. Suriname is a founding member of the International Solar Alliance.

Cuba: President will hold wide range of discussions with Cuban President Miguel Diaz-Canel Bermudez. Besides, number of agreements and MoUs in areas of bio technology, research and education in homeopathic medicine, traditional system of medicine and medicinal plants will be signed between both countries during the visit.

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Alexis Tsipras sworn-in as Prime Minister of Greece

Alexis Tsipras of left wing Syriza party has sworn in as the Prime Minister of Greece.

He was administered oath to the office by the President Prokopis Pavlopoulos.

It is second time, Alexis Tsipras has sworn in as the PM of Greece. Earlier in January 2015, he had sworn in for first becoming youngest PM of Greece since 1865 at the age of 40.

Background

  • In the September 2015 general (snap) elections to the Greece’s Parliament, Alexis Tsipras led left-wing Syriza party had emerged as the largest party.
  • In this election, Syriza party had won 144 seats in the 300 seat Parliament by securing 35 percent of total votes.
  • In order to meet governing majority in the Parliament, Syriza party had formed a coalition government with the support of Independent Greeks Party.

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