Jagdeo's India trip upgraded to state visit
Stabroek News
January 7, 2004

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President Bharrat Jagdeo's visit to India, where he is the chief guest at the Second Pravasi Bharatiya Divas sponsored by the Government of India, has been upgraded to a state visit.

President Jagdeo had been invited in his private capacity but Information Liaison to the President Robert Persaud said yesterday that it has since been upgraded and will now attract all the courtesies attendant on such a visit. This, he said, included the mounting of a guard of honour and other ceremonial events and the Indian government footing some elements of the cost of the visit.

He added that in addition to addressing the conference on its opening day on Friday along with India's prime minister, Atal Behari Vajpayee, President Jagdeo will also have further discussions that were initiated during his visit to India last year. One of the areas to be followed up is the recruitment of medical doctors from India.

Accompanying President Jagdeo who left Guyana earlier this week are Minister of Parliamentary Affairs Reepu Daman Persaud, Trade, Tourism and Commerce Minister Manzoor Nadir, PPP parliamentarian Dr Bheri Ramsarran, Director General of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Elisabeth Harper and Director of Protocol in the Office of the President, Lieutenant Colonel Francis Abraham.