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Significant bilateral visits

Nelson Mandela visited India in October 1990 after his release from prison and was awarded the highest civilian honour Bharat Ratna.

india Updated: Sep 30, 2006 12:16 IST

President Thabo Mbeki (October 15-19, 2003)

President Thabo Mbeki, accompanied by the First Lady and 11 Cabinet Ministers, visited India from October 15-19, 2003.

This was his second visit, but first as President of South Africa. He first visited India in December 1996 as a Deputy President.

Five major agreements were signed during Mbeki's October visit.

• Extradition Treaty;

• Agreement on Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters

• Cultural Exchange Programme for the years 2004-2006

• Agreement on cooperation in the field of power

• Agreement on cooperation in the field of hydrocarbons.

• A Joint Declaration reaffirming the commitment of the two countries 'towards a strategic partnership, based on their shared values: Democracy, economic development with social justice, and a just and equitable global order' was issued during the visit.

Nelson Mandela (October 1990 and March 1997)

Nelson Mandela visited India in October 1990 after his release from prison and was awarded the Bharat Ratna.

Subsequently, he visited India in January 1995 as Chief Guest on our Republic Day celebrations; again in March 1997, on a state visit when the Red Fort Declaration was signed and in 2001 for receiving the Gandhi Peace Prize.

Vice President KR Narayanan (May 1994)

Narayanan attended the inauguration ceremony in which Nelson Mandela took over as the first President of the new South Africa in May 1994.

Prime Minister IK Gujral (October 1997)

Gujral was the first Indian Head of Government to visit South Africa in October 1997.

He addressed the two Houses of South Africa's Parliament Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee, September 1998 and November 1999 Vajpayee visited South Africa for the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) Summit in Durban in September 1998 and for the CHOGM Summit in November 1999.

There has been a regular exchange of visits at the Ministerial and other high political levels.

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