PM Modi embarks on 4-nation Africa tour, key agreements signed

first_imgIndia and Mozambique today signed a long-term deal on import of pulses by New Delhi. Under this agreement, India will purchase pulses from this country to plug its shortfall and contain prices of this commodity.MoUs SIGNEDOn the first leg of his four-nation African tour, Prime Minister Narendra Modi signed two more agreements with Mozambican President Filipe Nyusi.The two sides signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on cooperation in youth affairs and sports and on drug demand reduction, and prevention of illicit trafficking in narcotic drugs, psychotropic substances and precursor materials and related matters.The agreements were signed following delegation-level talks by both countries.Further declaring India as a “trusted friend” and a “reliable partner” of Mozambique, PM Modi announced that essential medicines, including those for treating AIDS, would be donated to Mozambique as part of efforts to strengthen the public health system of the African nation.”We want development and economic progress to benefit the people. We also want safety and security of our people,” Modi said.TERROR TALKSOn the recent spate of terror strikes across the world, PM Modi said that terrorism was the ‘gravest threat’ to the world and that there was a need to strengthen security and defence ties between India and Mozambique, which are connected by the Indian Ocean.”Terrorism is the gravest security threat to the world today,” Modi said.The prime minister added that networks of terrorism are interlinked with other crimes, including drug trafficking. To curb this, India and Mozambique signed a pact.advertisementMODI GREETS GULF LEADERS ON EIDMeanwhile, the prime minister extended his greetings to Gulf leaders on the occassion of Eid al-Fitr.Modi telephoned Sheikh Mohamed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces to wish them, according to the UAE’s official news agency Wam.He wished the leadership and people of the UAE further progress and prosperity.A statement released by the news agency said Sheikh Mohamed thanked Modi for his greetings and expressed wishes of development in all fields for the people of India.Qatar news agency also said that the Emir of Qatar, Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad Al-Thani, had a telephone conversation with Prime Minister Modi.”Modi wished the Emir a blessed Eid Al Fitr. They also discussed bilateral relations and the latest developments in regional and international affairs,” the statement said.last_img read more