India S.Africa Seal Partnership Deal

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  • We have shared world view, says Modi.
  • India and South Africa agreed on a three-year strategic partnership agreement to boost relations.
  • The agreement, signed during the visit of President Cyril Ramaphosa, will cover defence and security, blue economy cooperation and sustainable development.
  • At the end of the delegation-level talks, Prime Minister Narendra Modi highlighted the scope for cooperation.

Working together:

  • “Our countries have compatible world views. We have strong partnership in platforms such as the BRICS, the G-20, the Indian Ocean Region Association and the IBSA Dialogue Forum. We can work together for the reform of the UN Security Council,” he said.
  • India also invited South Africa to join the International Solar Alliance (ISA) and congratulated it on securing the non-permanent membership of the UN Security Council for 2019-20. A joint statement acknowledged the growing interaction between the Navies of the two countries, and the Indian leader welcomed the South African participation in the India-Africa Field Training Exercise next March.

Common struggle:

  • The statement reiterated the role of the Indian Ocean Naval Symposium (IONS) that ensures freedom of navigation by keeping sea lanes free and secure. Speaking at the first IBSA Gandhi-Mandela Freedom Lecture, organised by the Indian Council of World Affairs, Mr. Ramaphosa highlighted the common heritage of struggle and the common aspiration of non-discriminatory national and international politics.
  • Why India and South Africa should maintain close relations?
  • India and South Africa both are developing countries which means their economy can serve as a source for driving global economy.
  • Sharing the benefits of globalisation and best practices in the field of technology and innovations.
  • India aspirations to step up cooperation with African countries can be successfully achieved with a strong partner like South Africa.
  • We can tap the FDI inflows from South Africa.
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