Visit of Vice-President Hamid Ansari to Peru, Cuba & UK from October 25 - November 2, 2013
INVC, Delhi, Vice-President of India Shri M. Hamid Ansari will pay an official visit to Peru, Cuba and the United Kingdom from 25 October to November 2, 2013. This is the first ever visit at the level of Vice President to Peru and Cuba. He will be accompanied by the Minister of State for Human Resource Development Shri Jitin Prasada, four Members of Parliament, senior officials and media. Vice-President will be in Peru from October 26-29, 2013. During his visit he will hold a comprehensive dialogue with his counterpart H. E Ms. Marisol Espinoza Cruz, First Vice-President of Peru and meet with Foreign Minister and Minister for Foreign Trade & Tourism. He will also call on President H.E Mr Ollanta Humala. Vice-President`s visit coincides with the celebrations of the 50th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations between India and Peru. He will inaugurate the Cultural Festival of India in Lima to commemorate this historic event. India and Peru enjoy warm and friendly ties which are characterised by exchange of regular visits at all levels and underpinned by economic interests. The bilateral trade between India and Peru in 2012 was US$ 1.68 billion and evenly balanced. In Cuba, Vice-President will hold comprehensive bilateral talks with his counterpart H.E Mr. Miguel Diaz-Canel Bermudez, First Vice President of Cuba and call on President of Cuba H. E. Mr Raul Castro on October 30, 2013. He will also inaugurate a Cultural Festival of India in Havana during the visit. India and Cuba enjoy historical and cordial relations as founding members of NAM. They maintain close contacts in the multilateral fora on issues of common interest. Bilateral relations are characterised by active cooperation in the field of Energy, Biotechnology and Sports. OVL has an active presence in the Cuban EEZ. In the last leg of his tour, Vice President will be visiting the United Kingdom to deliver a public lecture at the Oxford Centre for Islamic Studies on November 1, 2013 on the theme "Identity and Citizenship”.