18:34 GMT29 September 2020
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    New Delhi (Sputnik): India has entered the fourth phase of lockdown which is supposed to last until 31 May. Digital platforms have emerged as an alternative for carrying out indispensable high-profile meetings.

    Indian President Ram Nath Kovind has become the first head of state to receive and accept diplomatic credentials from seven foreign envoys digitally at a time when country is adapting to social distancing norms in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.

    President Kovind 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.

    ​According to media reports, 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. 

    According to the Indian Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, the total number of cases in India now stands at 112,359, including 63,624 active cases and 3,435 deaths.





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