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India, South Africa to boost defence ties, trade

January 25, 2019 - 1:44 AM

NEW DELHI - India and South Africa will boost ties in key areas such as defence, maritime security and trade under a three-year strategic exchange program.

The plan was announced by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and visiting South African President Cyril Ramaphosa after they met in New Delhi on Friday.

Two-way trade is expected to rise to $10.65 billion in 2018-19 from $9.38 billion in 2017-18.

India's External Affairs Ministry said the South African defence industry is also looking at India, which is upgrading its military equipment. It didn't give details.

Ramaphosa will be the chief guest on Saturday at India's Republic Day parade, which celebrates the anniversary of its national constitution which was adopted in 1950.

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