Indian Minister of State for Health and AYUSH visits Latvia

Indian Minister of State for Health and AYUSH visits Latvia

Indian Minister of State for Health and AYUSH visits Latvia

Hon'ble Minister of State for Health and AYUSH, Mr. Shripad Yesso Naik, arrived in Riga on 15 May 2016 on an 3-day official visit at the invitation of the Latvian Minister of Health, Mr. Guntis Belevics. The Minister is accompanied by Secretary (AYUSH), Adviser to the Minister, and Director of the All India Institute of Ayurveda.

The Minister was received at the airport, among others, by prominent members of Indian Community, representatives of Latvian Health Ministry and the University of Latvia. Iin the evening of 15 May, a welcome dinner was hosted for the Hon'ble Minister by the Indo-Latvian Chamber of Commerce. Dr. Atis Lejins, Member of Parliament and Chairman of the India Friendship Group in the Latvian Parliament was also present.

Over the next two days, the Minister will hold meetings, among others, with Latvian Minister of Health; a group of Latvian Members of Parliament led by Mr. Atis Lejins; and the Rector and other important functionaries of the University of Latvia. The talks will concentrate on cooperation between India and Latvia in the field of integrated systems of medicine, including Ayurveda and Yoga, and setting up a Chair of Ayurveda and an AYUSH Information Cell at the University of Latvia. The Indian Minister, accompanied by his delegation, is also expected to pay a site visit to Sigulda where an integrative healthcare centre is planned to be set up.

On 17 May a Press Conference will be organized for an interaction between the Minister and the local print and audio-video media in Latvia where, among other things, the press will be briefed about the forthcoming celebration of the second International Day of Yoga in Riga on June 21, 2016.

This is the first Ministerial visit from India to Latvia since March 2011 and is expected to give a strong boost to bilateral relations.