Krishna begins maiden visit to Mauritius, Mozambique

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New Delhi July 2 (ANI): External Affair Minister S.M. Krishna left for Mauritius and Mozambique on a five-day official visit to strengthen India's relations with these countries.

During the first leg of his tour, Krishna would be meeting with Mauritian lawmakers in Port Louis.

India's diplomatic relation with Mauritius was established before both countries gained their independence from their respective colonial rulers.

In fact, as many as eight Indian commissioners were posted to Mauritius from 1948 to 1968.

Bilateral trade between Indian and Mauritius has witnessed considerable improvement over the last two years.

India is the second largest investor in Mauritius after the UK in 2008.

During the second leg of his journey, Krishna would visit Mozambique capital Maputo on July 4th, where he is expected to focus on strengthening diplomatic as well as economic ties between the two countries.

As far as trade is concern India is one of top five trading partners of Mozambique.

Krishna is also expected me meet with the Indian Diaspora living in these two countries.

Krishna will make a brief stopover in Seychelles while his way back to India on July 6. By Ravinder Singh Robin (ANI)

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