India, South Africa seal partnership deal

• India and South Africa agreed on a three-year strategic partnership agreement to boost relations.

Vital highlights

• The agreement, signed during the visit of President Cyril Ramaphosa, will cover defence and security, blue economy cooperation and sustainable development.

• At the end of the delegation-level talks, Prime Minister Narendra Modi highlighted the scope for cooperation.

• We have a strong partnership in platforms such as the BRICS, the G-20, the Indian Ocean Region Association and the IBSA Dialogue Forum.

• India also invited South Africa to join the International Solar Alliance (ISA) and congratulated it on securing the non-permanent membership of the UN Security Council for 2019-20.

• A joint statement acknowledged the growing interaction between the Navies of the two countries, and the Indian leader welcomed the South African participation in the India-Africa Field Training Exercise.

• The statement reiterated the role of the Indian Ocean Naval Symposium (IONS) that ensures freedom of navigation by keeping sea lanes free and secure.

• Mr Ramaphosa highlighted the common heritage of struggle and the common aspiration of non-discriminatory national and international politics.

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