Wednesday, 28 October 2015

STATEMENT OF H.E. AMB. ALAIN AIME NYAMITWE, MINISTER OF EXTERNAL RELATIONS AND INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION OF THE REPUBLIC OF BURUNDI AT IAFS 2015

STATEMENT OF H.E. AMB. ALAIN AIME NYAMITWE, MINISTER OF EXTERNAL RELATIONS AND INTERNATIONAL COOPERATION OF THE REPUBLIC OF BURUNDI AT IAFS 2015New Delhi, October 27th, 2015
Madam Honorable Minister of External Affairs of India,
Honorable Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Zimbabwe and Co-chairman,Mr. Deputy-Chairperson of the AU Commission,Dear colleagues ministers, dear friends
I wish to first of all thank the Government and the beautiful People of India for the warm welcome and the excellent facilities put at our disposal since our arrival in this country.

  • Our delegation is happy to participate in this third Africa-India forum Summit, a gathering of high importance in the South-South Cooperation. It is important for Africa because it allows our continent to diversify its partnerships so that it does not rely on a single partner, however important that partner may be. Important also because it goes without saying that in the South, we have a lot in common: shared civilizations, same destiny, same History of colonialism, slavery,…, same plight, 2and the same goals of development for our respective peoples and countries.
  • These shared values have been highlighted by the Senior officials whom I want to take this opportunity to congratulate for the wonderful work they did in an excellent spirit of comradeship. Their work was possible because they understand clearly where we come from, where we are and where we are heading to as partners.
  • This great country of India has always featured in the multiple struggles of the great sons and daughters of the African continent. In writing the History of the fight against the ills of colonialism and apartheid, one cannot fail to note the role played by Indians of high caliber like Mahatma Gandhi, those South Africans of Indian descent who fought against apartheid, Prime Minister Nehru’s visit to Africa in 1961
Co-Chairmen,
  • Our delegation wishes to recognize the contribution of Indian businessmen in the development of Africa. My country, Burundi, has, even before independence, known Indian businessmen who have contributed immensely in lifting our economic situation. Read More...

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