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Vol 1 (AAC) No 4

Published 1st February 2008

Delhi reaches out

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 resource-rich Algeria, Nigeria, South Africa and the Democratic Republic of Congo, have pledged to attend. The other attendees will be Burkina Faso, Egypt, Ghana, Libya, Morocco, Senegal, Tanzania, Uganda and Zambia.

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