India not in race with China or any other country : PM

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New Delhi, Apr 9 (UNI) Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today declared that India is not in race or competition with China or any other country for strengthening allround partnership with Africa, as the first India-Africa Forum Summit came to a close.

''We are not in race or competition with China or any other country...The decision to strengthen relations between India and Africa is not a new phenomenon. We have a common colonial past and in the post-colonial period we have worked together,'' the Prime Minister said at a joint press conference after the conclusion of the two-day Summit alongwith Heads of State/Representatives of 14 participating African countries.

The Prime Minister who was flanked by Tanzanian President Jakaya Mrisho Kikwete, who is also Chairperson of the 53-nation Africa Union (AU), and African Union Commission Chairperson Alpha Oumar Konare, said india did not want to impose any pattern on Africa and it was for Africa to choose its own patterrn of development.

However, India would be privileged to be a partner in that process, he added.

The Summit which was inaugurated by the Prime Minister yesterday, adopted two vision Documents--the Africa-India Framework for cooperation and the Delhi Declaration--signifying a blueprint for future cooperation between India and Africa.

The Summit was attended by the Presidents of South Africa, Uganda, Tanzania, Ghana, Senegal and the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Vice Presidents of Nigeria and Zambia, Prime Ministers of Burkina Faso and Ethiopia and Ministers and Special Representatives from Algeria, Egypt, Kenya and Libya and the Chairperson of the African Union (AU) Commission.

The two-day Summit discussed various issues including food security and climate change with India responding to African countries' request for assistance to usher in Green Revolution.

Earlier, the Tanzanian President said India, with its experience and expertise, could help African countries usher in Green Revolution.

He said it was agreed at the Summit that world bodies including the United Nations and World Bank and the IMF were in need of urgent reforms to make them more representative and democratic.

Both India and Africa had agreed to support each other for a seat on the UN Security Council.


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