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Ahead of R-Day, PM Modi, South African President hold talks to boost ties

Ramaphosa will be the chief guest for the Republic Day Parade on Saturday

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa

President Ram Nath Kovind, First Lady Savita Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi receive South African President Cyril Ramaphosa for a ceremonial reception at Rashtrapati Bahavan in New Delhi | Photo: PTI

Talks are underway between Prime Minister and to strengthen ties between the two nations and step up cooperation in a range of areas, including defence, security and trade.

"New beginnings to old partnerships. PM @narendramodi warmly welcomes President of #SouthAfrica @CyrilRamaphosa ahead of delegation level talks.

This is their fourth meeting within a year, highlighting enhanced engagement with South Africa & the African continent," Raveesh Kumar, Spokesperson, Ministry of External Affairs, tweeted.

In another tweet, he said, "Fortifying strategic partnership. PM @narendramodi and South African President @CyrilRamaphosa held wide-ranging talks on cooperation in defence & security, trade & investment, skill development, S&T, education and technical cooperation and multilateral forums."

Ramaphosa will be the chief guest for the Parade on Saturday.

First Published: Fri, January 25 2019. 13:30 IST