The President of the Republic on a state visit to India

The President of the Republic, Mr Nicos Anastasiades, arrived early this morning in India for a four-day state visit, accompanied by a high level delegation comprised of the Ministers of Finance, Energy, Transport, Agriculture, the Government Spokesman and other officials.

President Anastasiades began his state visit to India in Mumbai where, at noon, he met with Indian businessmen from the film industry.

Later on the President of the Republic laid a wreath at the Monument for the victims of the terrorist attack of November 2008 at the Taj Mahal hotel, in Mumbai.

Among the victims of that attack was the Cypriot businessman Andreas Liveras, who was killed by the terrorists while he was on a visit to India and a guest at the hotel.

The names of the victims of the attack are prominently carved on the Monument with that of Andreas Liveras appearing first.

There were also additional terrorist attacks, on the same day, at 16 other points in the city with tens of victims.

President Anastasiades signed the book of condolence for the victims of the terrorist attack, noting that Cyprus stands by the side of India in the war against terrorism and the heinous actions of the terrorists against humanity.

Subsequently, the President was hosted on a guided tour of the colossal Gateway of India in Mumbai, the most famous monument of the city and one of India’s most unique landmarks.

In the afternoon the President of the Republic will meet with Mr Chennamaneni Vidyasagar Rao, Governor of the state of Maharashtra, the capital of which is Mumbai.

Source: Press and Information Office