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Indian PM meets Mauritian VPM at largest gathering of people of Indian origin

Indian PM meets Mauritian VPM at largest gathering of people of Indian origin

The Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi (R) met Mauritius Vice Prime minister Showkutally Soodhun (L) against the backdrop of the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas, which is the largest annual gathering of people of Indian origin. (Image: www.narendramodi.in)

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi met Mauritius Vice Prime minister Showkutally Soodhun and South Africa’s Foreign Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane against the backdrop of the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas, which is the largest annual gathering of people of Indian origin.

The discussions revolved around the economic prospects of the two African nations. Increasing cooperation in trade and other mutually beneficial diplomatic interest were also on the discussion agenda.

The Indian Prime Minister also congratulated Mauritian Prime Minister Sir Anerood Jugnauth on his recent election victory and renewed an invitation to him to visit India.

The newly elected Mauritian Prime Minister, Anerood Jugnauth, has also invited Modi to visit Mauritius.

Developing the ocean economy being one the budgetary measures of the Mauritian government, India and Mauritius discussed a potential collaboration and cooperation in  the area of the Ocean Economy.

Furthermore, both countries expressed their enthusiasm and keenness to collaborate over infrastructural projects and other bilateral economic concerns.

During the discussions, the Mauritius metro project was also touched upon. The Mauritian VPM declared, “being a newly established government the project needs to be reconsidered as the government has other priorities.”

Moreover, among other subjects being discussed, the Ocean Economy and the construction of a Petroleum Hub in Mauritius was on the agenda. India has agreed to offer its full expertise and support for both projects.

The VPM has declared after the meeting “that the meeting was cordial and fruitful and Narendra Modi has reassured the Mauritian PM for his help and full support and collaboration for the Ocean economy and Petroleum.  It’s a WIN WIN situation for both parties.”

The distinguished South African External Affairs Minister, Syed Akbaruddin, for his part, discussed the economic engagement between South Africa and India and recalled that Thursday was the Founding Day of the African National Congress. He also evoked the common heritage of the two nations, including their struggle against colonial rule.

Moreover, both countries also discussed their interest in strengthening their economic bonds by cooperating in sectors such as infrastructure and defence manufacturing in a multilateral partnership.

A cabinet comprising several important Indian ministers has already addressed the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas including External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj, Science and Technology Minister Dr. Harsh Vardhan and Minister of State for Overseas Indian Affairs, General (Retired) V.K. Singh.

Indian Vice President Mohammad Hamid Ansari will present the Pravasi Bharatiya Samman awards tomorrow.

Ramotar is the chief guest of the Pravasi Bharatiya Divas, while Mashabane and Soodhun are special invitees.

The Diasporas gala is currently being held in Gandhinagar from Jan 7-9 to mark the centenary of the return to India of Mahatma Gandhi from South Africa.

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