Narendra Modi, Prime Minister of India, said on Thursday that India felt privileged to be a partner in the development of Mauritius, and added that it would not do anything detrimental to the interests of Mauritius as it was its nearest strategic partner.

Addressing the National Assembly, the Prime Minister thanked Mauritius for the support extended in different international forums, and assured India’s continued efforts to do more for that country’s needs. He added that India had announced only the previous day the setting up of a new Line of Credit of 500 million U.S. dollars to be invested in the development of Mauritius’ civilian projects. He referred to the support extended by the then Prime Minister of India, Atal Behari Vajpaye, to the construction of Mauritius’ first cyber city in 2003, and he offered his assistance for the creation of another cyber city there. He lauded the initiative of Mauritius’ e-health project, and offered his support for its development. He further added that India felt honored to be a partner of Mauritius in meeting its petroleum needs, and announced the start of a new project for building petroleum storage facilities there. He further expressed his confidence on the leadership of Aneroodh Jugbauth who, he added, would take Mauritius to greater heights.

PM Modi Felt Privileged to Be a Partner in Mauritius' DevelopmentPrime Minister, Narendra Modi, appreciated Mauritius’ efforts to develop its ocean economy including tourism and fishing, and added that even for India seas were of great importance. Indeed, oceans offered great opportunities to the two nations, and both could jointly meet global challenges by utilizing marine resources successfully. He also expressed the need of cooperation between the two to meet the challenges of climate change.

Five agreements were signed by India and Mauritius on Wednesday in the presence of Narendra Modi, the Indian Prime Minister,  and Aneroodh Jugnuth, the Mauritian Prime Minister.