First India-Africa Summit begins

April 8th, 2008 - 12:18 pm ICT by admin  

A file-photo of Manmohan Singh

New Delhi, April 8 (IANS) Leaders from 14 African countries, including 10 heads of state, gathered here Tuesday for the first India-Africa Summit that seeks to forge a more contemporary partnership in key areas of trade and energy. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will address the two-day summit being held at the capital’s Vigyan Bhavan.

The two sides are also keen to work closely on important global issues like the proposed reform to the United Nations, fight against terrorism and global warming.

Minister Of State for External Affairs Anand Sharma welcomed the leaders and guests from Africa, saying that the summit would help the two sides establish a “dynamic partnership”.

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