ON BOARD SPECIAL AIRCRAFT: Vice President Hamid Ansari today asserted that India’s ties with the African continent have always been “very strong” but friendship is something that needs to be “reiterated and renewed” and not taken for granted.
The Vice President, on a five-day visit to Rwanda and Uganda, told reporters that his tour was part of a “conscious effort” by the Government to intensify the country’s interaction and engagement with Africa.
Sources indicated that India is likely to sign a few MoUs during Ansari’s visit in various sectors, though no official confirmation has been made.
“India’s ties with the African continent have always been very strong but friendship is something that needs to be reiterated and renewed. It’s a plant that needs to be watered, and no friendship can be taken for granted,” Ansari told a group of reporters en route to Rwanda.
The Vice President has already visited five countries in Africa – Nigeria, Mali, Morocco, Tunisia, and Algeria.
Ansari’s visit is India’s first high-level visit to Rwanda and first high-level bilateral visit to Uganda since 1997. (AGENCIES)