President Pranab Mukherjee has said India is committed to partnering Mauritius in its priority development projects. India would like to cement its close historic ties with Mauritius, he added welcoming Prime Minister of Mauritius Pravind Kumar Jugnauth when the latter called on him at the Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi.
India will continue to extend all assistance and support to Mauritius. The President expressed happiness that Special Economic Package grants are being used to fund Metro Express, new Supreme Court building, ENT Hospital, supply of digital tablets and social housing project. He said cooperation in important areas like joint EEZ surveillance, anti-piracy patrolling and hydrography will help maintain peace and security in the Indian Ocean Region.
The President said India appreciates the contribution of the Indian community to the economy and polity of Mauritius. He expressed confidence that India-Mauritius bilateral relation swill reach new heights under Prime Minister Jugnauth’s leadership.
The President said he was happy to note that India is the first country he visited after taking over as Prime Minister. The President pointed out that Mauritius was the second country he visited after assuming office.
Five MoUs/Agreements were exchanged during the visit of the Mauritian Prime Minister which included MoU for setting up of civil services college in Mauritius, Agreement on Maritime Security, Memorandum of Understanding between Council of Scientific and Industrial Research, India and Mauritius Oceanography Institute, Mauritius for Research and Education in Marine Sciences and Technology, Dollar Credit Line Agreement between SBM Mauritius Infrastructure Development Co. Ltd and Export-Import Bank of India and Submission of Instrument of Ratification of International Solar Alliance by Mauritius.