Signing of agreements between India and Tanzania. (Photo: ANI)
India and Tanzania on Sunday have agreed to work closely in combating threats of terrorism and climate change.
“Being neighbours across the Indian Ocean, (Tanzanian) President (John Magufuli) and I agreed to deepen our defence and security partnership, especially in the maritime domain,” Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in a joint press statement with Magufuli following bilateral discussions between the two sides in Dar-es-Salaam.
“We agreed to work closely, bilaterally, regionally and globally, to combat the twin threats of terrorism and climate change,” he said.
Modi also welcomed Tanzania as a “crucial partner” in the India-initiated International Solar Alliance.
The prime minister said India was already a substantial economic partner of Tanzania.
“The whole range of our economic ties is healthy and on the upswing,” he said.
After the successful execution of a water supply project in Dar-es-Salaam, Modi said India was working on more such projects in Zanzibar and 17 other cities.
Earlier in the day, Modi was accorded a ceremonial welcome at the State House here.
He also played on the drums along with Magufuli, adding a local touch to the ceremony.
This is the first prime ministerial visit from India to Tanzania in five years since the visit of then Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in 2011.