“The heart beat of 1.25 billion Indians and 1.25 billion Africans are in rhythm… says Modi
The meeting of India and African nations brings one third of humanity under one roof, Prime Minister Narendra Modi said on Thursday at the India-Africa Forum Summit.
“The heart beat of 1.25 billion Indians and 1.25 billion Africans are in rhythm. It is not just a meeting of India and Africa. Today, the dreams of one-third of humanity have come together under one roof,” Modi said addressing the summit.
“We have spoken in one voice in the world and we have formed a partnership of prosperity among ourselves,” he said.
The prime minister said the relation between India and Africa are above strategic and economic interests.
Modi also said India will help in building infrastructure in Africa.
“We will help connect Africa… We will help develop infrastructure, power and help add value to your resources,” he added.
India and Africa must speak in one voice for reforms in international institutions like the UN Security Council, Modi said.
Modi said the international institutions cannot be representative of the world if they do not give place to India and Africa.
“The world is undergoing political, economic, technological and security transition on a scale and speed rarely seen in recent history. Yet our global institutions reflect the circumstances of the century that we left behind, not the one we are in today,” the prime minister said.
“This is a world of free nations and awakened aspirations. Our institutions cannot be representative of our world, if they do not give voice to Africa, with more than a quarter of UN members, or the world’s largest democracy with one-sixth of humanity,” he said.
“That is why India and Africa must speak in one voice for reforms of the United Nations, including its Security Council,” the prime minister added.