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New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Modi said India and Mauritius are united by history, ancestry, culture, language and the shared waters of the Indian Ocean. He said this robust development partnership has today emerged as a key pillar of close ties.
 
Mr. Modi was speaking at a virtual ceremony where he and his Mauritius counterpart Pravind Kumar Jugnauth  jointly inaugurated the India-assisted Social Housing Units project in Mauritius yesterday. They also launched the Civil Service College and 8MW Solar PV Farm projects in Mauritius that are being undertaken under India’s development support.
 
Mr Modi in his speech said that under India's Vaccine Maitri programme, Mauritius was one of the first countries where COVID vaccines were sent. He expressed happiness that today Mauritius is among the few countries in the world to have fully vaccinated three-fourths of its population.
 
Prime Minister recalled that during his Mauritius visit in 2015 he had outlined India’s maritime cooperation vision of SAGAR - ‘Security and Growth for All in the Region’. He said India Mauritius bilateral cooperation, including in maritime security, has translated this vision into action.
 
Mr Modi also remembered the stellar contribution of the late Sir Anerood Jugnauth in strengthening India-Mauritius ties. He said he was a visionary leader who was widely respected in India. He added that it was India's privilege to honour him with the Padma Vibhushan award in 2020.
 
Speaking at the event, Mauritius Prime Minister Pravind Kumar Jugnauth  said the projects launched today will contribute significantly to the development of his country. He said India- Mauritius partnership has scaled new heights in recent years.
       
An Agreement on extending a 190 million dollar Line of Credit from India to Mauritius for the Metro Express Project and other infrastructure projects was also exchanged. An MoU on the implementation of Small Development Projects was also exchanged.



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