Spanish king calls on Maharashtra governor (Lead, with images)

Syndicated from IANS | Published on Thu, Oct 25 2012 22:48 IST | 11 Views | Add comment
Mumbai, Oct 25

King of Spain Juan Carlos I Thursday called on Maharashtra Governor K. Sankaranarayanan and recalled his first visit to India in 1962, a Raj Bhavan official said.

The official described the conversation between Sankaranarayanan and King Carlos as "very soft". According to the official, the king reminisced about his meeting with the then prime minister of India Jawaharlal Nehru.

Maharashtra Chief Minister Prithviraj Chavan was also present on the occasion. The governor hosted a high tea in honour of the Spanish king and his official delegation.

The King of Spain is on a four-day state visit to India and will meet President Pranab Mukherjee in New Delhi Friday.

Ministers Chhagan Bhujbal, Narayan Rane, Harshvardhan Patil, industrialists Harsh Goenka, Gautam Singhania and Captain C.P. Krishnan Nair, besides top state government officials led by Chief Secretary Jayantkumar Banthia were present on the occasion.

Earlier Thursday, a delegation of ministers and officials travelling along with King Carlos I met with officials of the Confederation of Indian Industries (CII) and discussed bilateral relations.

"We see India as a huge and very interesting country for business and industry collaboration," said José Manuel Soria, Spain's minister of industry, energy and tourism.

Welcoming the delegation, CII Maharashtra chairman Satish Jamdar observed that India and Spain shared warm and friendly relations and that the two countries should go beyond trade and focus on people-to-people engagement.

"Spain can also partner in capacity building, infrastructure development and power. We look forward to Spain in sectors like tourism, water technology and transport systems," Jamdar said.

Travelling with the Spanish king are Minster for Defence Pedro Morenes, State Minister for Infrastructure, Transport and Housing Rafael Catala, and "High Commissioner of the Spain Brand" Carlos Espinosa de los Monteros among others.

Delegation-level talks are likely to take place between Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and the King of Spain Friday.

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