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Modi lauds Mozambique Indian community for keeping its Indianness intact

India and Mozambique signed key agreements in areas of drug trafficking, pulse trading, and sports. Photograph: (Getty)

Reuters Jul 07, 2016, 07.18 PM (IST)
Visiting Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday lauded the Indian community in Mozambique for keeping the essence of being an Indian intact.

Interacting with the Indian community in capital Maputo, Modi said Africa was the land which first shaped the identity of the Indian diaspora.

He complimented the community for keeping their traditions alive even after so many decades.

"Some of you might be fourth generation or third generation (Indians) but still, you all have managed to conserve the essence of your Indianness, and you keep handing it over to the next generations," he said.

He also posed for photographs with the diaspora at the event.

Before the address, Modi met the president of Mozambique's National Assembly, Veronica Macamo, and visited the Centre for Innovation and Technological Development (CITD) at the Maluana Science and Technology Park where he interacted with students.

Earlier in the day, the Indian prime minister held a closed-door meeting with President Filipe Nyusi. Afterwards, India and Mozambique signed key agreements in areas of drug trafficking, pulse trading and sports.

Modi arrived in Mozambique on Thursday and is the first Indian Prime Minister to visit the African nation in 34 years.

He left for South Africa in the evening where he will have a series of events in Pretoria, Johannesburg, Durban and Pietermaritzburg, places associated with Mahatma Gandhi's stay in South Africa.

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