India and Senegal agree to enhance cooperation in defence and security
MoS Muraleedharan’s visit to Senegal helped to consolidate the 60 years of diplomatic relations between the two countries
Minister of State for External Affairs V. Muraleedharan who paid two-day (November 4-5) official visit to Senegal held Joint Commission Meeting with Foreign Minister Aissata Tall Sall on Friday.
According to the Ministry of External Affairs, during the JCM, both sides discussed all the areas of mutual interest including trade & commerce, investments, health, energy, agriculture, railways, defence and security, education and culture, development partnership, consular, and Indian community related matters and agreed to enhance cooperation in these areas.
During the visit, the MoS External Affairs also called on Senegal President Macky Sall. President Macky Sall emphasized the special nature of India-Senegal relations and expressed his desire to continue to engage with India to achieve the full potential.
MoS Muraleedharan, according to the MEA, briefed the Senegal President about the deliberations that were held in the JCM, particularly with respect to Health, energy, railways, mining, defence, development partnership.
As per MEA, the MoS External Affairs fondly recalled President Macky Sall’s visit to India in October 2015 for the India-Africa Forum Summit and in May 2017 to participate in the 52nd Annual Meeting of African Development Bank in Gandhinagar.
During the visit, MoS Muraleedharan visited Renaissance Monument in Dakar and paid floral tributes at the bust of Mahatma Gandhi.
He also visited Centre for Entrepreneurship Development and Technology (CEDT) in Dakar, built with Indian grant assistance.
The MoS interacted with the Indian community in Dakar and greeted them on the occasion of Diwali celebrations.
Muraleedharan’s visit to Senegal helped to consolidate the 60 years of diplomatic relations between the two countries on entire gamut of bilateral, regional and international issues, and set out a road map for future engagements.