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India PM seeks to strengthen economic ties on Kenya visit

Modi's Africa tour began on July 7/FACEBOOK

Modi’s Africa tour began on July 7/FACEBOOK

NAIROBI, Kenya, Jul 9 – Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi is set to jet into Kenya on Sunday for a two day state visit.

Following his arrival, the Indian PM is expected to hold a joint press conference with President Uhuru Kenyatta at State House, Nairobi.

On his Facebook page, Modi said the deliberations with President Uhuru Kenyatta will revolve around how India and Kenya can grow their bilateral co-operation.

“India-Kenya ties have stood the test of time. Both our nations have had very strong people-to-people ties and both nations have successfully fought colonialism in the previous century,” he said. “I envision better trade, commercial and cultural exchanges between India and Kenya. The potential is immense and together we seek to harness it.”

During his visit, he indicated that he will offer tributes to Mahatma Gandhi, who is widely revered in Kenya and Mzee Jomo Kenyatta, the first president who is also considered as a towering political figure of Africa.

Modi indicated that the meeting of the India-Kenya business forum will be an important forum to elaborate more on the economic aspect of India’s relationship with Kenya.

He is also expected to interact with students at the University of Nairobi.

“In order to deepen ties with the diaspora, I will address a community programme on July 10. There is also a meeting with Bharatwallah Alumni Association during the visit. Another programme is the handing over of ambulances and a model of Bhabhatron,” he said.

Modi who began his Africa tour on July 7 has been to Mozambique and South Africa.

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