India deepens defence ties with South Africa

Pretoria: India and South Africa today agreed to deepen their traditional ties and appointment in key areas of defence production, manufacturing, mining and minerals while vowing to cooperate in combating terrorism.

India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi who is on tour of the country meet South African President Jacob Zuma during an intensive projected India as an attractive destination for manufacturing of defence equipment.

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The PM said both the countries can join hands in not only meeting needs of each other but also to respond to regional and global demands.

Modi thanked President Zuma for South Africa’s support to India’s membership bid to the Nuclear Suppliers Group, during the meeting with him.

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South Africa is a major player in defence production globally.

Modi said: “We know that we can count on the active support of our friends, like South Africa.” There were reports that South Africa was among the countries which had reservations about India’s bid to join the 48-nation grouping.

 

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