Modi in Africa: PM tweets about Gandhi and Mandela, thanks South Africa for NSG cooperation

Prime Minister Narendra Modi visits South Africa on the second leg of his four-nation Africa tour. The focal point of the visit is strengthening relations in trade, maritime security, hydrocarbons, foreign investment, food and agriculture.

Modi’s South Africa visit assumes significance as it is the first state visit by an Indian Prime Minister in more than two decades. The PM has described South Africa as an “important strategic partner, with whom our ties are historical and deep-rooted.”

PM Modi and South African President Jacob Zuma took to Twitter to mark this meeting of the two nations. Let's take a look.

The South African National Defence Force's gun salute welcomed Modi at the Union Buildings in Pretoria on Friday morning. The Union Buildings were ornamented by Indian flags as well.


Narendra Modi and President Jacob Zuma addressed a joint press meet after having delegation level talks. The leaders had closed door, one-on-one level talks before addressing the press.

Modi was emphatic in his gratitude for South Africa's support for India's membership in the elite Nuclear Suppliers Group.

The key issue in the delegation talks were about the economic sphere and boosting trade relations.



Modi covered a slew of other issues. Some of the important points of discussion were trade, economic ties, climate change, maritime cooperation and the shared history of the two nations.

In his joint press meet, Modi stated that he,"already feel at home in this Rainbow Nation." Modi elaborated on the shared values, suffering and struggles that the two nations have faced.

Spokesperson of the Ministry of External Affairs Vikas Swarup announced that the two nations inked four pacts to take further Indo-South African partnership. Three Memoranda of Understanding (MoU) were signed in the fields of ICT, Tourism and Grassroots Innovation in Science and Technology (S & T) and a fourth agreement was inked on Cooperation in Arts and Culture.

Modi also met South African Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa for further bilateral discussions

Modi also spoke at the India-South Africa business meet, where industry-to-industry ties were the chief discussion point. Modi also spoke of cooperation in multilateral fora like BRICS, IBSA, G20 and BASIC.

The Transforming India and Make in India initiatives were also dissected in the discussion.

Modi payed his respects to Nelson Mandela and Mahatma Gandhi by visiting Constitutional Hill, earlier a prison which housed both Gandhiji & Mandela. Modi met anti-apartheid activists and their families there as well.


In the final campaign in the South Africa travel agenda, Modi addressed the Indian diaspora in South Africa. The PM addressed a community event in Johannesburg.

Calling South Africa the "birthplace of Satyagraha" Modi spoke of the strategic partnership that the two nations should foster. He again highlighted the common heritage that the countries should celebrate. He also attributed India's rise to H.O.P.E. i.e. Harmony, Optimism, Potential and Energy.

With these statements, Modi's eventful first day in South Africa ends. He will now venture to Durban for his second day in South Africa. Following the South Africa visit, Modi will travel to Tanzania.

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Updated Date: Jul 09, 2016 09:29:01 IST

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