President Kovind ‘Digitally’ Accepts Credentials Of Seven Foreign Envoys

NEW DELHI || In a first, President of India Ram Nath Kovind on Thursday accepted the diplomatic credentials of seven foreign envoys digitally. And in doing so, he became the first head of state to receive and accept diplomatic credentials from seven foreign envoys digitally at a time when the country is adapting to social distancing norms in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

President Kovind, an official release said accepted credentials from Ambassadors and High Commissioners from the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea, Senegal, Trinidad & Tobago, Mauritius, Australia, Cote d’Ivoire and Rwanda through video conference on Thursday.

This was the first batch of envoys to present their credentials to the President since the COVID-19 pandemic wave hit India. The country went into lockdown on 25 March.

Generally, an envoy is welcomed at the President’s official residence Rashtrapati Bhavan and is often accompanied by a member of India’s foreign ministry. The Presidential Guard usually welcomes an ambassador when they arrive to present their credentials.

However, during this video meeting, the envoys read out their letters of credentials while the President accepted them via video conferencing.

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