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Jaishankar inaugurates Indian embassy in Dominican Republic

The two nations had established diplomatic ties since 1999, the country is home to a significant population of Indian immigrants and expatriates.

Jaishankar inaugurating the Indian Embassy in Dominican Republic (Image - Twitter @/DrSJaishankar)

External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on April 28, inaugurated the Indian Embassy in the Dominican Republic, saying it will usher in a new era of bilateral collaboration as New Delhi increases its footprint in Latin America and the Caribbean.

"Privileged to join Vice President of Dominican Republic @RaquelPenaVice in inaugurating the Embassy of India in the Dominican Republic," tweeted Jaishankar. His bilateral visit marks the first high-level visit from India since the establishment of diplomatic relations in 1999.

Speaking at the inauguration, he said, "Today is a very proud day for India and for the relationship between India and the Dominican Republic. I have the privilege to formally inaugurate the embassy that we have established here. Your presence (Raquel Pena, Vice President of the Dominican Republic) exemplifies the importance that the Government of the Dominican Republic attaches to this."

He further said, “Our political relations are exceptionally cordial and we coordinate closely in the multilateral arena. Confident that the presence of our Resident Mission will mark a new phase of cooperation and help strengthen our ties in bilateral, regional and global domains.”

Indian immigrants and expatriates as well as their local-born offspring make up the majority of the Indian population in the Dominican Republic. As of 2020, there were approximately 54 persons of Indian descent residing in the country.