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Singh, Mbeki to discuss IBSA, NAM Summit outcomes

India and South Africa will have bilateral political and economic relations, consolidation of outcomes of the recently concluded IBSA and NAM summits.

india Updated: Sep 30, 2006 14:06 IST

India and South Africa will have bilateral political and economic relations, consolidation of outcomes of the recently concluded IBSA and NAM summits and a host of other issues on the agenda during Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's visit to the country later this week.

Singh will arrive in Durban on September 30 to participate in the centenary celebrations of Mahatma Gandhi's philosophy of 'Satyagraha' and then for talks with President Thabo Mbeki in Pretoria.

"The visit will take place within the context of South Africa's commitment to consolidate South-South relations for increased market and trade access," Deputy Foreign Minister Aziz Pahad said.

"South Africa and India shared a strategic partnership in developing the agenda for the South," Pahad said.

"They (Singh and Mbeki) will also discuss the outcomes of the 61st session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA), including comprehensive reforms of the UN, African developmental issues as well as peace and security in the continent.

"In this regard we hope that India will follow some of the other Asian giants and become more involved in Africa. Singh's visit is important as it would provide him with an opportunity together with President Thabo Mbeki, to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Satyagraha by Gandhi in South Africa," he said.

This will be a wonderful opportunity to pay tributes to Mahatma Gandhi's historical legacy.