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India&aposs relations with Africa defined by emotions,values, shared destiny: PM

New Delhi, Sep 12 :  Prime Minister Manmohan Singh today said India’s relations with Africa were defined by emotions, values and interests and the two were united by a shared destiny even though an ocean separated them.

”An ocean separates us but a shared destiny unites us. Ours is a natural partnership between people with common concerns and values. It is imperative for our progress and development and for shaping a world that accommodates our aspirations. We feel for Africa’s challenges, and we rejoice in the successes we see there,” the Prime Minister said at a function organised to confer the Indira Gandhi Prize for Peace, Disarmament and Development on President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia for 2012.

Lauding Ms Sirleaf’s role in transforming Liberia and being a symbol of a resurgent Africa, the Prime Minister said it was often easy to end a conflict, but hard to win enduring peace.



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