African day particularly special for India-Africa friendship as this is the first joint celebrations of Africa Day by India and Africa. Since we have drawn inspiration from each other from our history, our values, our common threats, our fight against colonialism and our fight against discrimination, it is only fitting that we should celebrate Africa Day together.
Our Government completes four years under the visionary leadership of our Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi. While there have been many milestones achieved by our Government in the realm of foreign policy, our outreach with our friends from Africa has been one of our most treasured achievements.
India-Africa partnership ‘stands out’ as well as ‘stands on its own’ in the turbulent world of today as a beacon of hope. On this momentous day, on behalf of my Government, let me convey to our African brothers and sisters that in India you will always find a friend, willing to stand with you through thick and thin.