Visit of Indian Foreign Minister to Malawi


India’s External Affairs Minister, Vellamvelly Muraleedharan, will today begin a two-day visit to Malawi. Muraleedharan will meet

Indian External Affairs Minister Vellamvelly Muraleedharan is visiting Malawi today on a two-day trip to boost bilateral relations. Photo: Twitter

India’s External Affairs Minister, Vellamvelly Muraleedharan, will today begin a two-day visit to Malawi.

Muraleedharan will meet Malawi President Lazarus McCarthy Chakwera and Foreign Minister Nancy Tembo. The meeting aims to strengthen bilateral relations between the two countries. Topics will include mutual cooperation in health, energy, trade and economic investment. One of the main priorities is to review the progress of development assistance projects under Lines of Credit (LoCs) and Government of India grants.

South-South Cooperation has been an important component of India’s foreign policy, especially towards Malawi. Since 2008, India has provided US$396 million for infrastructure development projects in that country. A OK between the Government of Malawi and the Export-Import Bank of India was signed on June 12, 2020 to develop drinking water supply in Malawi. In March 2021, India donated 50,000 doses of Indian Covid vaccines under the Covid-19 relief plans.

Bilateral relations between the two countries are expected to continue to grow as India has expressed interest in helping Malawi reach middle income by 2030. The sharing of aid, technology, academic knowledge and expertise will be an expected feature of relations between the two countries in the future.

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Shirlene J. Manley