EAM Sushma Swaraj Begins 5-Day Visit To South Africa

Upon her arrival at Johannesburg, she was received by Deputy Foreign Minister Luwellyn Landers. On her way to South Africa, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on 03 June 2018 made a transit halt in Mauritius where she met the Prime Minister of the island nation, Pravind Kumar Jugnauth. External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said enhancing the ties between India and Mauritius was the focus of the meeting.

Swaraj will begin her five-day trip to South Africa on 03 June 2018 where she will meet the top leadership of the country and attend meetings of BRICS and IBSA the two major groupings where India has been playing a key role.

The Minister will also attend a series of events marking the 125th anniversary of the historic incident where a young Mahatma Gandhi was pushed out of a train compartment in Pietermaritzburg railway station, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said. The 1893 incident proved to be a turning point in Gandhi’s fight against racial discrimination in South Africa.

On June 6, Swaraj will visit the Phoenix settlement where Mahatma Gandhi had developed his philosophy of non-violence. She would also participate in a series of events on June 6-7, 2018 at Pietermaritzburg, South Africa to commemorate the 125th Anniversary of the historic incident in the train compartment that became a catalyst for Gandhiji’s Satyagraha movement.

Tambo was a South African anti-apartheid activist and revolutionary leader. The year 2018 is an important year for India-South Africa relations as it marks the 25 years of the establishment of diplomatic relations, the 125th anniversary of the Pietermaritzburg railway station incident and the 100th birth centenary of South African iconic leader, Nelson Mandela.

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