India will remain a steadfast partner of Mauritius: Mukherjee

Port Louis, Mar 12 (ANI): Asserting that India will remain a steadfast partner of Mauritius, President Pranab Mukherjee has said that both nations intuitively advocate a rule-based architecture of global governance as a bulwark against common challenges such as the threat of terrorism, tackling poverty, human rights abuse, and addressing climate change.

In his banquet speech last night, Mukherjee said: "Both our peoples are drawn largely from the same historical, cultural and spiritual provenance. Both nations have abiding faith in the ideals of democracy and secularism and both nations intuitively advocate a rule-based architecture of global governance as a bulwark against common challenges such as the threat of terrorism, tackling poverty , human rights abuse, and addressing climate change. It is thus no wonder that the relationship between India and Mauritius has an unwavering vitality."

"For several millennia, the Indian Ocean has been a key arbiter of the subcontinent's fortunes. You (Mauritius) are the proverbial Star and Key of the Indian Ocean. Naturally we have a convergence of interests as the Indian ocean straddles Asia and Africa. Let me assure you that India will remain a steadfast partner of Mauritius," he added.

Stating that Mauritius has been steadfast in its support of India's principled, moral and consistent stand on the issue of terrorism, Mukherjee said: "We are grateful for your support for India's rightful claim to Permanent Membership of the United Nations Security Council."

"Our bilateral economic and commercial relations have grown in recent years but there still remain areas of untapped potential. India and Mauritius must to explore new avenues and opportunities to enhance and enrich our engagement even further for our mutual benefit," he added.

He said that the people of India appreciate the tribute paid by the people of Mauritius to Mahatma Gandhi, in selecting March 12, the day he began his iconic Dandi March, as the Independence Day of Mauritius.

"Forged in the resilience of the thousands of brave men and women who were brought here to toil on sugarcane fields, and drawing inspiration from Mahatma Gandhi's epochal and transformative stopover in 1901, our partnership has grown in spirit and substance with each passing year. Regular high-level political interaction has been a hallmark of the Indo-Mauritian bilateral relationship," he said.

From the days of Seewoosagur Ramgoolam and Indira Gandhi, regular bilateral contact at the highest level have nourished and guided this partnership well into the 21st century. Our cooperation encompasses diverse areas of mutual interest including Trade and Investment, Education, ICT, Renewable Energy, Textiles, Science and Technology, Mutual Legal Assistance, Cultural Exchanges, etc.," he added. (ANI)

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