VP Naidu meets Costa Rica President, discusses issues including terrorism
(Sourced from PTI)
Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu has met President of Costa Rica Carlos Alvarado Quesada and held "fruitful" discussions on a range of issues, including cross border terrorism, and new areas of collaboration that hold potential to boost the bilateral ties. The Vice President also invited the Costa Rican companies to invest in India and benefit from high returns. Read the details here.
Naidu became the first Indian on Friday to receive an honorary doctorate by the University of Peace founded by the United Nations. Over his meeting with President Quesada, Naidu said, "President of Costa Rica and I have had fruitful and cordial exchanges covering a range of areas of mutual interest." He said the mutual efforts will deepen the ongoing engagement between the two countries.
In a series of tweets, the Vice President's office said that both the countries have discussed in detail the menace of terrorism and the need to fight in one voice against individuals & terrorist groups engaged in the terrorist activities
#India is a peace loving country but has been a target of #terrorism from across our border for the last few decades.We discussed in detail the menace of terrorism and the need to fight in one voice against individuals terrorist groups engaged in terrorist activities.#CostaRica pic.twitter.com/DXlUEzw5QI— VicePresidentOfIndia (@VPSecretariat) March 8, 2019
Naidu, who met President Quesada at the Casa Presidenical in San Jose on Friday, said there were many new areas of cooperation for the two countries to take their bilateral relations to new heights. He said the Costa Rican strengths that India would want to take advantage of include eco-tourism, clean transport, education and to have zero carbon emission economy by 2021.
Inviting the Costa Rican companies, Naidu said, "Costa Rica is the largest economy in Central America. Its companies are invited to invest in and benefit from the fastest growing large economy." He further said that the current bilateral trade volumes between both countries are to the tune of $200 million. Naidu also called Costa Rica as an "important partner" of India.
Terming Costa Rica as an "important partner" of India, Naidu said the two countries shared "close and cordial" ties based on their shared commitment to the pursuit of democracy, pluralism, multiculturalism, freedom of Press and equitable human rights. India and Costa Rica also exchanged memorandum of understanding (MoU) on waiving visa requirements for diplomatic and official passport holders.
The two countries also signed the Letter of Intent to collaborate in the field of Biotechnology. Naidu, who's in Costa Rica as part of his two-nation trip to Paraguay and the Central American country, said the two countries can also share experience in skill development.
India Costa Rica could collaborate in various aspects of #skilldevelopment such as Soft Skills, #Entrepreneurship, Financial Digital Literacy.— VicePresidentOfIndia (@VPSecretariat) March 8, 2019
50% of Costa Rican population is less than 25 years.We could share our experiences in skilling, training capacity building.