President of the Republic of India Ram Nath Kovind arrived on a three-day state visit in Turkmenistan today, the Information Program "Watan" of the State Television reported.
At the capital’s International Airport, decorated with the National flags of the two friendly countries, the distinguished guest was met by President Serdar Berdimuhamedov. A Guard of Honor was lined up along the carpet leading from the plane airstairs in honor of the arrival of the Head of India. After exchanging friendly handshakes, the Heads of the two countries pass to a specially installed podium. The National anthems of the Republic of India and Turkmenistan are performed.
The leaders of the two countries bypass the formation of soldiers of the Guard of Honor and pay tribute to the State Flag of Turkmenistan.
Then the motorcade of the distinguished guest, accompanied by an Honorary Escort of motorcyclists, proceeded to the Yildiz Hotel.
On April 2, the high-level talks will be held in Ashgabat and a wide range of issues of mutual interest will be discussed, as well as a package of important bilateral documents aimed at intensifying multidimensional contacts, strengthening trust and mutual understanding between Turkmenistan and India will be signed.
In the history of the interstate relations, this is the first visit of the Head of a friendly country to Turkmenistan. The current summit is also marked by the fact that it takes place in the year of celebration of two significant dates – the 30th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic Turkmen-Indian relations and the 75th anniversary of India's independence.