By Manasse Nyirenda:
Indian High Commissioner to Malawi Subbia Gorpalakrishnan has said his government is committed to enhancing bilateral relations for enhanced socio-economic development of the two countries.
Gorpalakrishnan made the remarks when he presented his letter of credence to President Lazarus Chakwera at Mtunthama State Lodge in Lilongwe Tuesday.
“We discussed issues relating to how we can enhance diplomatic relations between India and Malawi. It does not mean that we do not have a sound relationship. Our relationship dates back decades. Both countries have got the same political history.
“Having a shared history means both countries are duty-bound to cooperate. So, we discussed means of strengthening our relationship. I also assured the President about our Prime Minister [Nalendra Modi]’s vision for Africa and commitment to continue supporting Malawi’s socio-economic development,” he said.
India is one of Malawi’s top trading partners and a source of imports such as textile yarns, fabrics, transport equipment and pharmaceuticals. Malawi mainly exports agricultural products such as chickpeas and pigeon peas.
In November 2018, when India’s Vice President Venkaiah Naidu visited Malawi, the Asian country pledged to provide a line of credit worth $215million and provide 10 ambulances for emergency response, among other things.
Malawi and India established diplomatic relations in 1964 but its resident mission wound up in 1993 and reopened in 2012 following a visit to Malawi by the then former Indian vice president, Hamid Ansari, in January 2010.— Mana
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