Antananarivo, Mar 14 (PTI) President Ram Nath Kovind today reached Madagascar, on the second leg of his two-nation state visit to Africa and the Indian Ocean Region.

This is the first ever visit by a President or Prime Minister of India to this country.

Flying in from Mauritius, Kovind was received at the Ivato International Airport in Antananarivo by Prime Minister Olivier Solonandrasan and accorded a ceremonial welcome.

After the delegation-level talks, the President was conferred the Grand Cross of the Second Class by Solonandrasan. This is the highest honour Madagascar bestows on a non-citizen.

Tomorrow, the President will interact with members of the India-Madagascar Business Forum, and then address students and the academic community at the University of Antananarivo before leaving for India.

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