Indian External Affairs Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar's visit to South Africa and Namibia provided an opportunity for high-level interaction and further strengthened the strong ties of friendship that India maintains with both these countries. This was stated in a press release from the Ministry of External Affairs.
Jaishankar paid official visits to South Africa and Namibia from June 1 to 6.
The Indian diplomatic chief was in Cape Town, South Africa, from June 1 to 3 and attended the BRICS and BRICS+, "Friends of BRICS" foreign ministers meeting, on June 1 and 2 respectively.
During the discussions, Jaishankar outlined India's position on global and regional developments, global economic recovery and the work of multilateral institutions, including BRICS. The meeting culminated in a joint statement by the foreign ministers of the P5 countries on June 1, the MFA said.
Jaishankar also held separate meetings with South African Foreign Minister Naledi Pandor and some other ministers participating in the meetings. He also met the South African president, Cyril Ramaphosa.
Also, while in Cape Town, Jaishankar interacted with the Indian community where he spoke to them about the history of 30 years of diplomatic relations with South Africa, the 15-year BRICS journey and the government's achievements in the last nine years, an official release said.
The minister then visited Namibia from June 4 to 6. This was Jaishankar's first visit to the Republic.
During the visit, Subrahmanyam Jaishankar met with Namibian President Hage Geingob and also chaired the first meeting of the Joint Commission along with Namibian Deputy Prime Minister Netumbo Nandi-Ndaitwa.
Jaishankar addressed the Indian diaspora living in Namibia and met representatives of the Indian diamond business. He officially inaugurated the India-Namibia Centre of Excellence in Information Technology (INCEIT) in Windhoek, as reported by ANI, a partner of TV BRICS.
"A high level of cooperation is maintained with Latin American countries in the humanitarian sphere. The number of countries with which we have established a visa-free regime is steadily growing - currently it covers 27 Latin American states. This opens up more and more opportunities for business, scientific and cultural exchanges, as well as increasing counter tourist flows"