Modi leaves for South Africa

Maputo, July 7 (IANS) Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday left the Mozambican capital Maputo for South Africa on the second leg of his four-nation African tour.

“Leaving Mozambique with great happiness over the ground covered in the visit to deepen the bond between India & Mozambique,” the Prime Minister’s Office quoted Modi as saying on Twitter.

On Friday, Modi will hold talks with South African President Jacob Zuma in Pretoria and later address an India-South Africa business meeting.

He will visit the Constitution Hill in Johannesburg and then the Nelson Mandela Foundation.

In the evening, he will address an Indian diaspora rally in Johannesburg following which he will leave for Durban.

On Saturday, the Prime Minister will visit Mahatma Gandhi’s Phoenix Settlement in Durban and undertake a train journey to Pietermaritzburg in memory of the 1893 incident when Gandhi was thrown off a train carriage on account of his skin colour.

He will also attend a reception to be hosted by the Mayor of Durban.

Modi arrived here on Thursday morning on the first leg of his African sojourn.

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

Apart from Mozambique and South Africa, Modi will also visit Tanzania and Kenya.

–IANS

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