April 22, 2018 07:43 PM

Chandigarh (Face2News)

Union Minister of State for Social Justice and Empowerment, Vijay Sampla led an Indian delegation on a three-day visit to the Caribbean nation of Haiti for promoting and further strengthening bilateral ties between the two countries.

During this visit, which concluded on April 20, Sampla first met Haitian President Jovenel Moïse and thanked him for supporting the re-election of India’s judge to the International Court of Justice (ICJ). Sampla assured Moise that India will back Haiti for the non-permanent membership of the UN Security Council in the 2020 elections.

Presenting Haitian Prime Minister Jack Guy Lafontant with a gift sent by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi,  Sampla conveyed him the message that India looks towards Haiti as its special friend.  Sampla, in his meeting with Lafontant, stated that both India and Haiti should work towards strengthening cooperation in areas such as agriculture, technical education, solar energy, IT and other bilateral issues.

In his parleys with Haitian Foreign Minister Antonio Rodrigue, Sampla highlighted the need for strengthening the cooperation and even further deepen the interaction on several issues. It was agreed upon that the two nations will work together in the fields of medical education and drugs.

Wrapping up his visit, Sampla met the Assam Rifles and CISF soldiers deployed there under the aegis of United Nations Mission for Justice Support in Haiti (MINUSTAH), and appreciated their hard work and dedication.

It is to be noted that to reach Haiti from India, one has to go via New York. Earlier on April 16 and 17, Sampla met the Indian diaspora in New York and then left for a three-day visit to Haiti on April 18. On his way back, Sampla again interacted with the Indian community, especially those from Punjab, on April 21 and 22. He will take a flight back to India on April 23.

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