PM Modi arrives in Pretoria to strengthen ties with SA

PM Modi arrives in Pretoria to strengthen ties with SA

PM Modi arrives in Pretoria to strengthen ties with SA

PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) - Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi was welcomed by South African President Jacob Zuma in the capital, Pretoria, on Friday on the latest stop of a four-nation Africa tour to raise his country's economic profile on the continent.

Zuma did not explicitly endorse India's efforts for a permanent seat on the U.N. Security Council but said South Africa would work with India on reforming the council.

"Leaving Mozambique with great happiness over the ground covered in the visit to deepen the bond between India & Mozambique", tweeted Prime Minister Modi after his departure. "We also want safety and security of our people", he said at a joint media interaction with Nyusi after the talks during which the two leaders discussed ways to enhance trade and investment. Given the economic focus of Modi's foreign policy, and South Africa's need to improve its trade balance with India, both sides will be looking to sign new deals.

Earlier on Thursday, Modi was accorded a ceremonial welcome after his arrival in Maputo on the first leg of his four-nation Africa tour.

South Africa remains undecided as to whether to support India's bid, but has expressed concerns about the setting of a precedent if the group includes non-signatories of the NPT.

Modi has already visited Mozambique and also will travel to Tanzania and Kenya.

India and Mozambique signed three agreements, including a long-term one on purchase of pulses.

"To advance our shared security interests, President and I have today agreed to strengthen our defence and security relationship". The engineers in question have been trained to fabricate, install, use, fix and maintain solar lanterns and household solar lighting systems in their villages.

He will attend a thousands-strong Indian diaspora gathering at a stadium in Johannesburg in the evening before visiting Durban, the heart of the Indian community in South Africa, on Saturday.

Prime Minister Modi will also address students in the University of Nairobi during the visit.

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