Heart beat of Indians and Africans are in rhythm: PM Modi

The meeting of India and African nations brings one-third of humanity under one roof, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Thursday at the India-Africa Forum Summit.

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“We have spoken in one voice in the world and we have formed a partnership of prosperity among ourselves,” he said.

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The prime minister said the relation between India and Africa are above strategic and economic interests.

He addressed dignitaries from Africa at the Third India-Africa Forum Summit and said: “Africa has 60 percent of the world’s arable land reserves and just 10 percent of the global output. India will help to develop Africa’s agriculture sector.”

He said a spurt in Africa’s agriculture sector can drive the continent’s march to prosperity and also support global food security.

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“We will help connect Africa… We will help develop infrastructure, power and help add value to your resources,” Modi said addressing head of the different African nations here at the summit.

At the ongoing 3rd India-Africa Forum Summit (IAFS), External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj met her counterparts Samura M.W. Kamura of Sierra Leone, Jean Claude Gkosso of Congo, Kane Achalou Boulama of Niger, Mouasa Bedializoun Nebie of Burkina Faso, Natumbo Nandi-Ndaitwah of Namibia, Robert Dussey of Togo, Manuel Dos Ramos of Sao Tome and Principe, Sylvester Grigsby of Liberia, Mankeur Ndiaye of Senegal, Lounceny Fall of Guinea and Ibrahim Ahmed Abdelaziz Ghandour of Sudan, and African Union Commission (AUC) chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma.

He said the foreign ministers of these three countries thanked Sushma Swaraj for the assistance that India had given to fight the epidemic both at the bilateral level and through the UN.

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