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Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu stated that India places Africa’s relationship first. He called for increased bilateral cooperation in green energy and services, as well as agriculture, among other areas.
Naidu arrived Monday for the first leg in his three-nation tour through Gabon, Senegal, and Qatar.
Speaking to the Indian-Gabon Business Forum, Naidu stated that India places the highest priority on its relationship with Africa. He also called for the exploration of India-Gabon cooperation, including in green energy, health, and agriculture, the Ministry of External Affairs tweeted.
On Twitter, Ali Bongo Ondimba, President of Gabon, said that he was happy to receive the Vice-President from India to Gabon.
Gabon’s attractiveness lies in its economic potential, business climate quality and stability.
Responding to Naidu’s tweet, he said that India was committed to being an active partner in Gabon’s growth story. We can all harness our complementary strengths and expand our economic cooperation to make tomorrow better.
On Tuesday, Naidu also had wide-ranging discussions with Gabon’s top leaders. He expressed India’s willingness to work with central African countries in different sectors and expand regional and multilateral cooperation.
Naidu’s visit to India is the first Indian vice president’s to visit all three countries. However, this is also the first ever high-ranking visit by India to Gabon or Senegal.
His visit is expected to add momentum to India’s engagement with Africa and emphasise New Delhi’s commitment to the African continent, the Vice-President Secretariat said in a statement ahead of his departure.