Dar-es-Salaam: Prime Minister Narendra Modi today held talks with Tanzanian President John Pombe Joseph Magufuli on a wide range of issues aimed at boosting ties in the African continent, particularly in the economic sphere.
Describing India as a trusted partner in helping Tanzania's development, Modi said they had agreed to deepen the two countries' defense and security partnership, especially in the maritime domain.
"We are ready to meet the healthcare priorities of the Tanzanian government, including the supply of medicines and equipment", he said, adding an Indian radiotherapy machine was being installed at Bugando Medical Centre in the country's Mwanza city to treat cancer patients. "A safe and prosperous Kenya and strong Africa is your destiny", he said.
South Africa's journey has become "tirtha yatra" for me, have visited all 3 places, significant in India's history and Mahatma Gandhi, said PM Modi.
PMO India tweeted: "Remembering a towering personality of Africa & 1st President of Kenya, Jomo Kenyatta".
"India's cooperation with Tanzania will always be as per your needs and priorities", Modi said.
Both leaders sought to ensure "greater cooperation" in the area of scientific cooperation between the two countries besides in areas like power production and distribution, gas exploration and usage, mining and information technology.
Welcoming Modi, Kenyatta said that he was glad and excited that Modi accepted his invitation to visit Kenya.
"India is a bright star in the global economy", he said.
"The Kenya government must therefore press to cater for these interests and negotiate a more agreeable balance of payment position which now favours India", it said.
"A ceremonial welcome, the East African way". I am also happy to announce that the vibrant Indian culture, which is already a part of Kenya's rich society, will be showcased in a Festival of India in Kenya later this year.
"Beyond bilateral co-operation, our partnership extends to the Brics and (the India-Brazil-South Africa Dialogue Forum)". "The waters of Indian Ocean connect us".
Trade with India represented 4.9 percent of South Africa's imports and 4.1 percent of exports past year. "We would be happy to support you in this process", said he.
Indian PM Narendra Modi inspects a guard of honour mounted by Kenya Air Force at State House Nairobi on Monday July 11, 2016.
President Magufuli reiterated Tanzania's continued support for India as a permanent member of an expanded UN Security Council.