India’s relationship with the African continent may be a centuries-old civilisational compact but as Prime Minister Narendra Modi seeks to reinvigorate that relationship in all its nuances and across the full spectrum of diplomatic ties, the focus must, first and foremost, be on intensifying political engagement.
The choice of the four countries by Mr Modi shows calibrated strategic thinking.
June 2016 has seen an unprecedented intensification of India’s relationship with Africa. In the first week, Vice President Hamid Ansari visited Tunisia and Morocco. In the second week, President Pranab Mukherjee launched his whirlwind tour of Western and Southern Africa, covering Ghana, Cote d’Ivoire and Namibia.
Tunisia was the pioneer in the Arab Spring which was a moment of hope for the region’s people, leading to the overthrow of Egypt’s long-time ruler Hosni Mubarak, followed by the one-year rule of the Muslim Brotherhood government of Mohamed Morsi.
The new Arab nations are finding it too difficult to live up to their artificial identities founded on European precepts.
Israel's national water company on Wednesday cut crucial water supplies to large areas of the occupied West Bank, leaving tens of thousands of Palestinians without access to safe drinking water during the Islamic holy month of Ramadan.
What distinguishes our relationship with Africa is our shared empathy arising out of our common past and suffering from colonial subjugation. In fact, India raised its voice against the pernicious system of apartheid even before we had gained our Independence and remained at the forefront of international campaign for its eradication
Considering the help provided to big foreign manufacturers in Morocco over the past few years, it would have taken a serious effort by them to fail. Renault, a French carmaker, for example, is thriving: of 2.8m cars it made globally last year, one in ten trundled out from its two shiny assembly plants in Tangier and Casablanca.
Indian Vice President Hamid Ansari has just returned from his 3-day visit to Morocco from May 30t to June 1st, 2016. During his time here, Ansari met with Moroccan Prime Minister Abdelilah Benkirane, and a Chamber of Commerce and Industry was formed to facilitate bilateral trade. But why might India be interested in Morocco?
In his fourth visit to the Gulf starting today, the PM is expected to put in place an investment treaty to boost the country’s economy, and ink pact on sharing intelligence on terror financing amid rising fears of the ISIS
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