South African President Ramaphosa remembers Gandhiji; Sushma discusses bilateral cooperation
External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj has discussed with South African President Cyril Ramaphosa enhanced engagement between the two countries and greater cooperation in areas of skill development, agriculture, and information technology. Swaraj arrived in Johannesburg yesterday on a five-day visit during which she will attend meetings of BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) and IBSA (India, Brazil, South Africa). Here's more.
Historic anniversaries of Mandela and Gandhi
Swaraj mentioned that this year was of special significance for both India and South Africa since both the countries were commemorating the 25th anniversary of diplomatic relations, the 100th birth anniversary of the iconic leader Nelson Mandela, and the 125th anniversary of the Pietermaritzburg incident of Mahatma Gandhi. Ramaphosa recalled the great legacy left behind by Mahatma Gandhi in South Africa for future generations.
Swaraj to attend series of events in the country
Swaraj will also attend a series of events marking the 125th anniversary of the historic incident. Swaraj will participate in the BRICS Foreign Ministers' meeting today which is expected to lay the foundation for the annual summit of the grouping in Johannesburg next month. She will also chair a meeting of Foreign Ministers of IBSA, to work on major global issues.