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India and Mauritius agree to expand ties in defense and security

Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and Mauritian Minister of Finance and Economic Development Pravind Kumar Jugnauth

New Delhi, Sep 13 (UITV)- External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj met visiting Mauritian Minister of Finance and Economic Development Pravind Kumar Jugnauth in New Delhi. Today both countries explored greater collaboration in the area of defense and security, even discussion on Comprehensive Economic Cooperation Partnership Agreement (CECPA) between the two countries restarted.

Ms. Swaraj thanked and appreciated Mr. Jugnauth for visiting India on his first tour abroad which was in keeping with the “very special blood relationship” between India and Mauritius.

Indian minister said long-standing partnership between India and Mauritius in past had played a critical role in ensuring peace and stability in the Indian Ocean region.

The two leaders also discussed their concerns on terrorism and in this context, both leaders called for better collaboration in the areas of defense and Security. India offered to provide assistance, in terms of hydrographic surveys.

Mr. Jugnauth also reiterated Mauritius’ consistent support for India’s bid for permanent membership of a reformed and expanded United Nation Security Council (UNSC).

According to sources, the two countries are finalizing an MoU under which the Metro Express project and other projects announced by Mauritian Finance Minister in his budget could begin.

Ms Swaraj appreciated Jugnauth’s effort for the forward looking decision which had made the protocol on amendment of the Double Texation Avoidance Convention (DTAC) possible. She said, it had added to Mauritius’ financial credentials.

In terms of people-to-people contacts, the two leaders discussed the construction of the World Hindi Secretariat in Mauritius. Ms. Swaraj invited Mauritius’ participation in the forthcoming Pravasi Bharatiya Divas (PBD).

She said India would be sending a delegation this month to examine whether it can use the Girmtiya records for giving Overseas Citizen of India (OCI) cards.