Visit to Australia by the President of India

Visit to Australia by the President of India

Government Protocol and International Visits International Policy
Thursday, 29 November 2018

Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet

The President of India meets with the Prime Minister of Australia

Image : AAP/Saeed Khan

Last week, Australia welcomed His Excellency Mr Ram Nath Kovind, President of India – the first ever State Visit to Australia by an Indian President.

In Sydney, President Kovind laid a wreath at the Anzac Memorial in Hyde Park, received a Ceremonial Welcome and attended a State lunch at Admiralty House and conducted bilateral talks with the Prime Minister Scott Morrison.

President Kovind also engaged with the Indian-Australian community and unveiled a statue of Mahatma Gandhi in Jubilee Park, Parramatta.

President Kovind delivered an address at the Australian Financial Review India Business Summit, which was also attended by the Prime Minister – who announced the Government’s response to the India Economic Strategy, a blueprint to increase Australia’s economic engagement with the world’s third largest economy. 

In Melbourne, President Kovind delivered a lecture at the University of Melbourne focusing on Australia and India as knowledge partners and met with the Hon Linda Dessau AC, Governor of Victoria and Mr Anthony Howard QC at Government House.

President Kovind was joined by his wife Mrs Savita Kovind on their historic visit, which followed a visit by the His Excellency General the Hon Sir Peter Cosgrove, Governor-General of Australia and Lady Cosgrove to India in March.

Visit Flickr to view a selection of images from the visit.