Natwar to visit Senegal in March

New Delhi, Jan 25 | Updated: Jan 26 2005, 05:30am hrs
External affairs minister K Natwar Singh will visit Senegal in March to attend a meeting of Team-9, a new grouping established between India and eight African countries to assist in the economic development of the region.

Mr Singh will also co-chair a meeting of the India-Senegal joint commission and launch a joint business forum during the visit, external affairs ministry spokesman Navtej Sarna told mediapersons here.

This was conveyed during a meeting Mr Singh had with his visiting Senegalese counterpart Cheikh Tidiane Gadio here.

India has agreed to train Senegal diplomats in different aspects of protocol, economic diplomacy etc. at the Foreign Service Institute. New Delhi views Senegal as a key player in Africa and an excellent gateway for Indian business and industry to penetrate West African markets. India is Senegals second largest trading partner.

Senegal, an active member of the UN and other international fora, has declared its support to Indias candidature for a permanent seat in an enlarged security council. Senegal is also an influential member of the Organisation of Islamic Countries (OIC).