Prime Minister Narendra Modi met his Mauritius counterpart Pravind Jugnauth for bilateral talks on the sidelines of the 15th Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (PBD) Convention and discussed ways of expanding cooperation between the two countries in areas such as the Blue Economy and collaboration in Africa.
Mr. Jugnauth is the chief guest at the convention, which was formally inaugurated earlier in the day by Mr. Modi.
"The discussions were very warm and cordial given the extremely close and friendly relations between both countries," a press release from the Ministry of External Affairs said.
The two Prime Ministers reviewed the entire gamut of the long-standing and time-tested strategic relationship between both countries, based on deep emotional bonds of kinship and culture.
The leaders noted with satisfaction that India and Mauritius have always stood by each other and will continue to do so in the decades to come.
The discussions focussed on initiatives to further strengthen the bilateral ties, including finalization of the Comprehensive Economic Cooperation Partnership Agreement (CEPCA). The various ongoing bilateral development cooperation projects were discussed and new proposals for critical partnership projects in health, disaster management and energy were agreed upon.
Mr. Modi hosted a lunch in honour of Mr. Jugnauth and other foreign dignitaries participating in PBD 2019.
Mr. Jugnauth is accompanied on the visit by his spouse Mrs. Kobita Jugnauth as well as an official delegation comprising Cabinet Ministers including Minister of Information Technology Yogida Swamynaden, Education Minister Leela Devi Dookun, Culture Minister Prithvirajsing Roopun and other senior officials including the Cabinet Secretary of Mauritius.
Over three hundred and fifty other Mauritian delegates are also participating in PBD 2019.
Yesterday, Mr. Jugnauth had received Indian Minister for Commerce and Industry Suresh Prabhu in New Delhi. The Minister reiterated that India accords great importance to the steady development of umbilical relations between our two countries.
Mr. Prabhu noted that the early finalization CECPA would pave the way for giving a strong impetus to our close bilateral economic partnership.
External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj also called on the visiting dignitary in Varanasi. She noted that India-Mauritius bilateral cooperation was comprehensive and multi-faceted and that our bonds date back centuries.
"Our close multifaceted relations have steadily developed over the years, based on the secure foundations of kinship and family ties, and of shared values of democracy, tolerance, peace and development," she said.
Mr. Jugnauth will call on Indian President Ram Nath Kovind here tomorrow.
The Mauritian Prime Minister will visit Prayagraj on January 24 for the Kumbh Mela and then proceed to Mumbai. He is scheduled to inaugurate the wholly owned subsidiary of the State Bank of Mauritius (SBM).
In December 2018, SBM became the first foreign bank to receive a license from RBI to set up universal banking business in India through Wholly Owned Subsidiary (WOS) mode, rather than as a foreign bank branch. He will attend a bilateral business forum on January 25 in Mumbai.
Prime Minister Jugnauth will also be the Guest of Honour at the official celebrations to mark the Republic Day in Mumbai.
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