H.E. Mr Ranjan MATHAI was accompanied for the occasion by Brigadier Amit SHARMA, Attaché of Defense. After being welcomed in the Cour d'Honneur of the Palace by the Company of Carabinieri guard of honour under the command of Colonel Yannick Bersihand, Senior Commander of the Police Force, Ambassador Ranjan MATHAI was taken to the Hall of Mirrors by H.S.H the Prince's Chamberlain, Colonel Luc Fringant, with the Brigadier Amit SHARMA.
H.E. Mr Ranjan MATHAI then proceeded to present his Credentials to H.S.H. the Sovereign Prince who was accompanied by the Secretary of State, Mr Jacques Boisson, Head of H.S.H the Prince's Government, Mr Georges Lisimachio and H.E. Mr Franck Biancheri, Government Counsellor for External Relations and for International Economic and Financial Affairs. After the ceremony, H.S.H the Prince held a private audience with the Ambassador in the family drawing room.
The Republic of India becomes the fifty-sixth country accredited to the Principality. Consular relations between the Principality and India have existed since 30th September 1954.
As part of the 10th special session of the United Nations Environment Program's Governing Council, organised in Monaco from 19th to 22nd February, the Prince Albert II Foundation of Monaco honoured three personalities working in aid of environmental protection and sustainable development, one of whom was the Indian Sunita Narain for her fight for better accessibility to water in her country.
On a humanitarian level, Monaco Aide et Presence has been in Southern India since 1981. Several projects concerning orphanages, technical training centres, health centres and day nurseries have been developed.