At the invitation of Vice-President Shri Jagdeep Dhankhar, H.E. Ms. Raquel Peña Rodríguez, Vice President of the Dominican Republic paid an official visit to India from 03-05 October 2023. She was accompanied by senior officials of the Government of Dominican Republic. This was the first ever visit of the Vice President of the Dominican Republic to India.
On 3 October 2023, Vice President Rodríguez called on the President of India, Smt. Droupadi Murmu. She also held a meeting with Shri Om Birla, Speaker of Lok Sabha, at the New Parliament House. EAM Dr. S. Jaishankar called on the Vice President during her stay in Delhi. Vice President Rodríguez also visited Rajghat and paid floral tributes.
On 04 October 2023, Vice President Rodríguez met Vice-President Shri Jagdeep Dhankhar. Both leaders held wide-ranging discussions and reviewed their bilateral relations covering political, defence, economic, cultural, education and developmental cooperation. They also discussed cooperation in multilateral fora and international issues of mutual interest. A Joint Press Release was issued following the conclusion of the meeting.
Vice President Rodríguez delivered the 45th Sapru House Lecture on “The Dominican Republic and India: Natural Partners” at the Indian Council of World Affairs (ICWA). She also visited IIT Delhi where she witnessed the signing of a MoU between IIT-Delhi and the Ministry of Higher Education, Science and Technology, Dominican Republic.
On 5 October 2023, Vice President Rodríguez visited Agra.
This visit by Vice President Rodríguez provides a strong impetus to the growing ties between India and Dominican Republic and underscores the importance given by both sides in adding further momentum to the bilateral relations, as both sides commemorate the 25th year of establishment of diplomatic relations in 2024.