Media Release

17 May 2014

President Zuma congratulates the Prime Minister-elect of India

On behalf of the Government and the people of the Republic of South Africa, His Excellency President Jacob Zuma has congratulated the Prime Minister-elect of the Republic of India, Mr Narendra Modi, on his successful election.

President Zuma said: "With India under the leadership of Mr Modi, the Government of South Africa looks forward to consolidating the strong bilateral political and economic relations that exist between our two sister Republics".

South Africa and India enjoy strong historical relations that have been formalized through various bilateral and multilateral mechanisms.

The two countries share membership of the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa), IBSA (India, Brazil, South Africa) and the G20, amongst other multilateral groupings.

President Zuma also paid tribute to the outgoing Prime Minister of India, His Excellency Manmohan Singh, for his progressive leadership of India. President Zuma said Prime Minister Singh played a vital role in consolidating relations between South Africa and India.

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