PM to attend Asia-Africa summit from April 22

Jakarta, April 19 | Updated: Apr 20 2005, 05:30am hrs
Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will be among leaders from about 100 countries attending a summit of Asian and African countries here aimed at reinvigorating the non-aligned movement (NAM) and fostering closer co-operation between the two continents.

The PM will be joined by external affairs minister K Natwar Singh at the two-day Asia-Africa conference beginning April 22 on Reinvigorating the Bandung spirit: working towards a new Asian-African strategic partnership. The meet is being held to mark the 50th anniversary of the Bandung summit which was the first major move by the Third World to assert itself and saw the birth of the non-aligned movement.

At the summit the leaders will launch the new Asian African strategic partnership as a testimony to the strong commitment of Asian-African nations in working together towards a better future.

This will mark the rise of newer and closer co-operation among the countries of the two continents, sources told PTI.

The summit will be co-chaired by President of Indonesia Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono and President of South Africa Thabo Mbeki. UN secretary general Kofi Annan will also address the meet. PTI