This Article is From Jul 07, 2016

PM Modi Reaches Mozambique, Says Africa Visit Aimed At Enhancing Ties

PM Modi Reaches Mozambique, Says Africa Visit Aimed At Enhancing Ties

The focus of PM Modi's visit is to enhance economic ties, as well as people-to-people relations.


  • PM begins four-nation Africa tour in Mozambique
  • PM will also travel to South Africa, Tanzania and Kenya
  • Focus on cooperation in hydrocarbons, maritime security and trade
New Delhi:

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today arrived in Mozambique as part of his four-nation Africa tour aimed at enhancing ties with that continent, particularly in the economic sphere and people-to-people contacts.

PM Modi received a ceremonial welcome at the Presidential Office in Maputo. After Mozambique, PM Modi will travel to South Africa, Tanzania and Kenya.

The focus of the African tour will be on deepening cooperation in areas of hydrocarbons, maritime security, trade and investment, agriculture and food.

"Beginning my Africa tour with a visit to Mozambique. This visit will strengthen India's bond with Mozambique," the Prime Minister said in a tweet.

PM Modi had earlier tweeted:

"In Tanzania I will hold talks with President Dr. John Magufuli, meet 'Solar Mamas' and interact with Indian community," PM Modi added.

With regard to his visit to Kenya in the last leg of his visit, he tweeted, "Talks with President @UKenyatta, deliberations on economic & people-to-people ties will be focus of my Kenya visit."

Giving details in Facebook posts, the Prime Minister said the aim of his visit to Mozambique is to increase cooperation and boost cultural linkages.

Other programmes include a meeting with Veronica Macamo, the President of the National Assembly and a visit to the S&T Park, Maluana, where he will interact with students. He will
also interact with the Indian community briefly.

This evening, PM Modi will travel to Pretoria in South Africa, a country he described as an "important strategic partner, with whom our ties are historical and deep-rooted."