Bilateral talks on a wide range of issues were held between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Tanzanian President Samia Suluhu Hassan in New Delhi today. In the meeting, both the leaders reviewed various aspects related to bilateral relations. They also discussed ways to further advance the close and historical relations between the two countries.
Delegation level talks also took place between the two sides. During this, discussions were held on various areas of bilateral cooperation, including trade and investment, defense and maritime security, development partnership, higher education and people-to-people relations of the two countries.
Addressing a joint press conference with the President of Tanzania after the talks, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that today is a historic day for India-Tanzania relations as the age-old friendship between the two countries has now reached the level of strategic partnership. He said that Tanzania is India’s closest partner in Africa in terms of development. The Prime Minister said that India and Tanzania are important partners in mutual trade and investment and both sides are working on an agreement to increase trade in local currencies.
Mr Modi said India and Tanzania have agreed to create a five-year framework for cooperation in the defense sector. Through this, new dimensions of cooperation will be added in areas like military training, maritime cooperation, capacity building and defense related industries. He also expressed happiness that Tanzania has decided to join the Global Biofuel Alliance launched by India during the G-20 Summit. Shri Modi also said that Tanzania’s decision to join the International Big Cat Alliance will strengthen global efforts for the conservation of big wild animals.
The Prime Minister also noted that India has made significant contributions in the areas of skill development and capacity building in Tanzania. This was made possible through the Centers for Information and Communication Technology, Vocational, Defense Related Training, Indian Technical and Economic Cooperation and Indian Council for Cultural Relations scholarships. He said that India has tried to bring positive changes in the lives of the people of Tanzania by working together in important sectors like water supply, agriculture, health and education.
The Prime Minister said that India and Tanzania are unanimous that terrorism is the most serious threat to the security of humanity. He said that both the countries have decided to increase mutual cooperation to combat terrorism.
After the meeting, agreements were exchanged between the two countries in various fields. At the invitation of President Draupadi Murmu, the President of Tanzania arrived in New Delhi yesterday on a four-day state visit to India. President Hassan was given a traditional welcome today in the courtyard of Rashtrapati Bhavan and after that he went to Rajghat and paid floral tributes to Mahatma Gandhi.
After the welcome at Rashtrapati Bhavan, the Tanzanian President praised the decades-long excellent relations with India. The President of Tanzania said that she hopes that this visit will open new avenues of political and economic development. He also said that his country wants the bilateral relations established by our ancestors to continue for many more decades.
This is his first visit to India after assuming the post of President in Tanzania. The visit of the Tanzanian President to India is taking place after eight years. This visit will give new energy and strength to the historical and friendly relations between the two countries. After bilateral talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi, she will also meet President Draupadi Murmu. On behalf of President Murmu, a state banquet will also be organized in the honor of Tanzanian President Samia Suluhu Hassan. The Tanzanian President will also participate in a meeting of the Trade and Investment Forum to be held in New Delhi tomorrow.