South African Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation Regina Mhaule in her address at the Raisina Dialogue here also acknowledged
India's pioneering role in gaining international support for the fight against apartheid.
"As the people of South Africa sought to overthrow the shackles of oppression brought to bear upon us, India...was one of the most principled supporters of the struggle against apartheid and racial discrimination," she said.
Asserting that her country is an "attractive investment destination", the African leader invited Indian businesses to "pursue the many opportunities available" in South Africa.
She said the arrival of first Indians in South Africa over 150 years ago "richly contributed to the nation's diversity and economic development for generations".
Reflecting on the strong historical and cultural links between the two countries, Mhaule said Prime Minister Narendra Modi's invitation to South African President Cyril Ramaphosa to be the chief guest at India's Republic Day celebrations later this month further "cemented the bilateral relationship", which covers a wide array of areas, from political to economic, scientific and multilateral cooperation.
She said the relations between the two countries have grown from "strength to strength".
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