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Modi hails India-Mauritius ties after flagging off projects in island-nation

Mauritius PM Pravind Jugnauth, an Indian-origin leader, thanked his Indian counterpart and said the inaugurations marked another great moment for the exemplary partnership between Mauritius and India.

Indian prime minister Narendra Modi along with his Mauritius counterpart Pravind Jugnauth jointly inaugurates the new Airstrip and St. James Jetty along with six community development projects at the Agalega Island in Mauritius via video conferencing, on Thursday, February 29, 2024. (ANI Photo)

By: Shubham Ghosh

INDIAN prime minister Narendra Modi on Thursday (29) said after virtually inaugurating several developmental projects in the African island-nation of Mauritius with his counterpart from that country, Pravind Jugnauth that it is the proof of a vibrant, strong and unique partnership between the two nations.

The two prime ministers inaugurated a new airstrip, St James Jetty and six community development projects in Mauritius’s Agalega Island. The inauguration was done through video-conferencing, a statement from the Indian prime minister’s office (PMO) said. Both of them later hailed the inauguration on their respective X accounts.

At the inauguration, Modi said, “In the last six months, this is the fifth meeting between us. This the proof of a vibrant, strong and unique partnership between India and Mauritius. Being members of Global South our priorities are common.”

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Jugnauth, an Indian-origin leader, thanked his Indian counterpart and said the inaugurations marked another great moment for the exemplary partnership between Mauritius and India.

He also said that the ties between the two nations acquired a new dimension with the digital payment connectivity. On February 12, India’s Unified Payments Interface services were rolled out in Mauritius and Sri Lanka and Modi called it linking historic ties with modern digital technology. India’s RuPay card services were also started in those two island-nations.

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“Indeed we are making history today on the Islands of Agaléga, where the inauguration of new airstrip, new jetty, and several other development projects. This event marks another great moment for the remarkable and exemplary partnership between Mauritius and India. I thank Narendra Modi for giving a totally new dimension, to the Mauritius-India relationship and partnership…” Jugnauth said.

Earlier, the PMO in its release said, “The inauguration of these projects is a testimony to the robust and decades-old development partnership between India and Mauritius. Projects will strengthen connectivity of Agalega with mainland Mauritius and strengthen maritime security.”

“The projects will fulfil the demand for better connectivity between mainland Mauritius and Agalega, strengthen maritime security and foster socio-economic development,” it added.

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