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Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. (Prakash Singh, AFP)
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. (Prakash Singh, AFP)

THE arrival of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi in South Africa during his recent four-nation tour of Africa presented is a perfect opportunity for South Africa and India to strengthen their diplomatic ties during times of uncertainty, especially after Brexit.

India and South Africa are both former British colonies and the former has already hosted the Commonwealth, while Durban will host the 2022 Commonwealth Games. South Africa, which was the last country of the African continent to gain independence, has received Indian support in the struggle for independence.

Since independence, India and South Africa have worked together to change the destiny of the United Nations, to create a more representative body. Trade between the two countries has been increasing; however, trade between South Africa and China has received more attention because China is South Africa’s number one trading partner.

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