Inaugural Remarks by External Affairs Minister at the 3rd India-Africa Forum Summit (October 29, 2015)

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Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modiji,
Hon’ble Heads of States and Governments from Africa,
Hon’ble Ministers from Africa,

As I stand before all of you, I am reminded of an African proverb which says, "A family is like a forest. When you are outside, it is dense, when you are inside you see that, each tree has its place.” Today, in a very real sense, we are with - our African family. 

This gathering of African Heads of States and Heads of Governments is like a family reunion. And I can see, how the diversity of Africa matches our own, how every flag from Africa has its own special place. So, on behalf of 1.25 billion Indians, let me welcome you most warmly to New Delhi. 

There was a time when India and Africa were one landmass, united by geology. Today, we are united by our common goal for progress, prosperity and peace around the world. 

We are linked by the Indian Ocean. And we are joined together by the 2.7 million strong Indian Diaspora in Africa, which is contributing actively to the economic development of its adopted homeland.

India has always stood for and with Africa. Ours is a relationship forged in the crucible of the shared struggle against imperialism, colonialism, racial discrimination and apartheid. That era is now behind us, but the solidarity engendered by that shared struggle continues. 

Our modern partnership rests on the pillars of economic growth, development and empowerment and is a consolidation of our engagement at various levels – bilateral, regional and pan African.

The longstanding and multifaceted India-Africa development partnership is based on the principles of equality, friendship and solidarity. It represents one of the finest examples of South-South cooperation. 

I am confident, that the 3rd India-Africa Forum Summit will chart a bold new course for our future cooperation.

I had started my remarks with an African proverb. I will also end with one. It says, 

"If you want to go quickly, go alone. If you want to go far, go together”.

We want to travel far on the path of development and we want to travel together with our African friends and partners, in the true spirit of sabka saath, sabka vikas. 

May I now invite the Hon’ble Prime Minister of India Shri Narendra Modi to deliver his inaugural address to this distinguished Summit.

Thank you.

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