Manmohan leaves for South Africa to attend IBSA Summit

November 14th, 2007 - 2:21 am ICT by admin  
Abuja (Nigeria), Oct 16 (ANI): Prime Minister Manmohan Singh left the Nigerian capital on Tuesday for South Africa to attend the second IBSA Summit.

Singh was given a ceremonial send off at the state house by Nigerian President Yar`adua.

At the India-Brazil-South Africa (IBSA) Summit in Pretoria, Singh, South African President Thabo Mbeki and Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva would be looking at ways to make the relationship among the three countries more “tangible”.

Besides deepening South-South cooperation through concrete projects and programmes in key areas of trilateral cooperation, the meeting is expected to provide an opportunity to the leaders to coordinate joint positions on issues of global importance.

The meeting is likely to come out with a joint declaration and Memoranda of Understanding and agreements on public administration, higher education, health and medicines, social development, cultural cooperation and energy.

The Prime Minister will also hold bilateral meetings with leaders of South Africa and Brazil, both members of the Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG).

This is Singh`s second visit to South Africa in a year. He had earlier visited the country for the centenary celebrations of `Satyagraha`. (ANI with inputs)

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