PRESIDENT Ratu Epeli Nailatikau is the first head of state to pay a courtesy call on newly-elected Indian President Pranab Mukherjee.
During the meeting, Mr Mukherjee called for an expansion of trade and investment between the two countries.
He also welcomed Fiji's recent move to join the Non-Aligned Movement and the support it provided India for reforming the United Nations Security Council as well as multilateral financial institutions.
Welcoming Ratu Epeli to the Rashtrapati Bhavan, India's presidential palace, President Mukherjee recollected the close historical relations between the two countries as well as the presence of a large number of persons of Indian origin in Fiji.
He referred to the assistance being provided by India to Fiji in the agriculture and health care sectors as well as the sugar industry and co-operation in the field of defence.
Ratu Epeli said it was a great pleasure calling on his Indian counterpart.
"I was the first President or head of state to visit him," he said.
"I congratulated him on his new appointment."
Ratu Epeli said the people of India could not have picked a much more pleasant and well deserving president as Mr Mukherjee.
"His record in international diplomacy is above board and he's an example to everyone in India and abroad," he said.
"We met already when we were both ministers, but this is the first time we've met as presidents."
Ratu Epeli told a gathering organised by the World Wide Friendship Association that he was in India to visit the Fiji High Commission.
"One of my duties as president is to visit all the missions," he said, adding he was grateful for the way he was received by the Indian people.
During his two-day visit Ratu Epeli met Prasada Rao, the UN Secretary General Special Envoy on HIV/AIDS for Asia and the Pacific. He also meet the Indian Minister of State for External Affairs, E Ahamed.
He visited the super speciality BLK Hospital, one of the biggest private hospitals in Delhi.