Africa meet: Leaders harp on stronger trade ties, terrorism

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New Delhi | Updated: October 29, 2015 2:14:15 AM

Besides boosting trade and investment, particularly in the oil and gas sector, UN reforms and terrorism dominated the agenda of bilateral discussions when Prime Minister Narendra Modi held talks with heads of several African nations on Wednesday.

Besides boosting trade and investment, particularly in the oil and gas sector, UN reforms and terrorism dominated the agenda of bilateral discussions when Prime Minister Narendra Modi held talks with heads of several African nations on Wednesday.

The visiting African delegates, who are in the national capital for the third India-Africa Forum Summit, also sought deepening of ties in diverse sectors, including healthcare, education and capacity building, and expressed their appreciation for India’s contribution to the region.

During the summit, South African President Jacob Zuma strongly called for reform of global governance system and said the UN structure, which was set up after the World War II, cannot remain relevant in 21st century. PM Modi and President Zuma discussed in depth ways to tackle threat of terrorism. Both leaders stressed the need to devise a concrete strategy to fight the menace in a united way.

The South African leader said coming together of African countries with India showed to the world that they no longer are dependent on former colonial powers.

Modi also met Robert Mugabe, President of Zimbabwe and Chairman of African Union. Both the leaders discussed issues of common interest including UN reforms and the threat of terrorism.

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