What to expect from the India-Africa Forum Summit

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New Delhi, Oct 17: The India-Africa Forum Summit to be held on October 29 and 30th is a key event in which nearly 54 African countries are likely to take part. So far 41 leaders have confirmed their participation for the crucial summit which is expected to discuss a host of issues.

Earlier today Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that the summit reflects India and Africa's desire to engage more intensively for a better future.

Narendra Modi

Discussion on CCIT:

The early adoption of the Comprehensive Convention on International Terrorism, negotiations of which have been pending since 1996 would be on the agenda during the summit. India would seek support from the African leaders for the adoption of the CCIT at the United Nations.

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India would push for the early adoption as terrorism is a challenge for both India and the African nations.

India has repeatedly said that the CCIT needs to be passed and there is an urgent need to delink terrorism from religion. The adoption of the CCIT would define terrorism, the Prime Minister had said recently.

Africa has been hit by a wave of terrorism from groups such as the Boko Haram and the al-Qaeda. The Boko Haram has in fact tied up with the ISIS which continues to be a global threat affecting almost every nation including India.
India feels that the war on terror today cannot be waged by individual nations alone and there is a need for global cooperation.

Keeping the threat of global terror in mind, India feels that there is a need to engage all nations. The talks with the African nations will be crucial. The meeting will be a historic one and discussions would be held on a variety of issues. However the core issue that would be discussed would be terrorism.

This meet is important for the African nations as well. Africa has been hit by a wave of terrorism which is threatening to get worse with each passing day. The headache from the Boko Haram and the al-Qaeda have always troubled Africa. With the ISIS now allying with the Boko Haram, the problem gets worse and hence Africa would need the support of several countries to combat this menace.

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