An all encompassing agenda for a summit in April shows India’s determination to strengthen relations with Africa
India is seeking to carve out a distinct relationship with Africa, as part of
a new competition for resources and diplomatic support, Foreign
Ministry officials in New Delhi have said, as they announced details of
plans for an unprecedented summit with African leaders in April.
Officials describe the four-day summit, culminating in a meeting with
heads of state and government from 14 African states on 8 April as a
‘fresh honeymoon’ to ‘consummate’ an action
plan for a new partnership. Leaders of key African states, including
Nigeria, South Africa and the
Republic of Congo, have pledged to attend. The
will be Burkina Faso,
Egypt, Ghana, Libya, Morocco, Senegal, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia.
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