India to give 720 crores to Mauritius for purchase of defense equipment, economic cooperation agreement between the two countries

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By: Jeet Ghosh

Last Update: 2021-02-22 00:11:40 IST

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Foreign Minister S Jaishankar has held talks with other leaders including the Foreign Minister of Mauritius. He said that during the Corona crisis, India stood with the people of strategically important neighboring Mauritius in the Indian Ocean region.

India on Monday signed an agreement to provide $ 100 million (Rs 720 crore) loan facility to Mauritius for the purchase of defense equipment. At the same time, the two countries also signed agreements for economic cooperation. The agreements were followed by talks between External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and Mauritius Prime Minister Pravind Jagannath. In the conversation, Prime Minister Jagannath said, Mauritius and India wish that the great oceans should be safe and open for everyone. For this, both countries will work together.

The two countries also entered into an agreement to strengthen the security system in the deep ocean through surveillance of Dornier aircraft and Dhruv helicopters. India will deliver aircraft and helicopters to Mauritius on a two-year lease. Jaishankar tweeted, "This is a historic day for the special relationship between the two countries." India and Mauritius have entered into an economic cooperation agreement. India has its first such agreement with an African country. This will increase trade between the two countries.

Jaishankar said, "We will deal with the post-Kovid epidemic situations through this agreement." India has made these agreements as part of its policy of protecting everyone and developing all in the region. On reaching Mauritius on Sunday night, Jaishankar also gave one lakh doses of vaccine to the Kovid to the government there. Mauritius has purchased these vaccine supplements from India in addition to the vaccine dose received as a gift from India.

In his meeting with Prime Minister Jagannath, Jaishankar gave him an invitation letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to visit India. The Foreign Minister also invited his Mauritian counterpart Alain Banu to visit India. Earlier, the two Foreign Ministers reviewed mutual relations and expressed their desire for development. 

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