South Africa- India relations
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3-year plan to execute ‘tie-defining’ projects
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and South African President Cyril Ramaphosa set in motion a “result-oriented” plan of action to take forward bilateral relations in defence and security and trade and investment. Both countries signed a three-year programme for implementing the projects that will define their relationship.
Ramaphosa, who will be the chief guest at the Republic Day parade on Rajpath on Saturday, is here with a 50-member business delegation and presided over a business forum with Modi. A marching contingent from South Africa is to take part in the parade. Describing it as “new beginnings to old partnerships”, MEA spokesperson Raveesh Kumar tweeted, “PM @narendramodi and South African President @CyrilRamaphosa held wide-ranging talks on cooperation in defence & security, trade & investment, skill development, S&T, education and technical cooperation and multilateral forums.”
In his remarks, Modi said, “Indian companies are taking active part in the efforts of President Ramaphosa to increase investment in South Africa. We are also partners in South Africa’s skill development efforts. The Gandhi-Mandela Skills Institute is set to be established soon in Pretoria. And we both are committed to take these relationships to a new level.”
President Ram Nath Kovind held a banquet for the visiting leader on Friday evening, capping a day of intensive engagements, including bilateral conversations with Modi and other Indian leaders.
With South Africa’s premier defence company, Denel, no longer on the Indian blacklist, India is likely to forge partnerships for weapons supplies. TS Tirumurti, secretary ER in MEA, said the country’s issues with Denel had been settled in 2018.