The Non-aligned Summit ended in Sri Lanka on friday (20 August) with calls for the total isolation of South Africa from the world community and for the Indian Ocean to be declared a "peace zone".
The Non-aligned Summit ended in Sri Lanka on friday (20 August) with calls for the total isolation of South Africa from the world community and for the Indian Ocean to be declared a "peace zone". Heads of State and ministers have now returned to their countries to begin discussions on the implementation of the summit's resolutions. Before returning to Mali, the country's Foreign Minister, Charles Samba Cissoko visited India.
SYNOPSIS: Mr. Cissoko went to the Indian Foreign Ministry in New Delhi on Saturday (21 august) while he met Mr. Yeshwantrao Chavan, India's Minister for External Affairs. The two men discussed relations between their two countries and areas of possible cooperation. Mali has suffered financial difficulties in recent years as export earnings have gradually dried up and imports risen. The country receives a high level of capital aid from France but is keen to increase its foreign trade with other nations. The Mali government hopes by that means to ease the financial strain and help to stabilise the economy.
Later in the day, Mr. Cissoko met Mrs. Indira Gandhi, the Indian Prime Minister. Mrs. Gandhi was also at the Non-Aligned Summit and strongly supported both the Indian Ocean peace zone call and the resolution on south Africa. Indian has been increasing its contacts with African nations in recent months and Mrs. Gandhi has pledged her country's assistance against racialism in southern Africa.
Mr. Cissoko was also due to have discussion with the Indian President, Fakruddin Ali Ahmed, before ending his two-day visit.