Saturday, May 15, 2010

Efforts on to strengthen India, Swaziland ties: LS Speaker

New Delhi, May 12 (UNI) As part of India's efforts to strengthen South-South Cooperation, Lok Sabha Speaker Meira Kumar has assured continued support to Swaziland government in its development efforts.

''Though we are located in different continents, memories of what India and Swaziland have gone through in terms of struggles and hardships of the people bring the two countries closer and create areas of understanding for each other,'' the Speaker said here recently in conversation with the South African nation's Prime
Minister Barnabas Sibusio Dlamini.

The Speaker has visited the country to attend the Executive Committee Meetings of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association (CPA) called on the Prime Minister of Swaziland on May 10 in Mbabane.

This is her first visit to the landlocked country.

Expressing pleasure over the same, Dr Dlamini said at a time when Swaziland was trying to find an identity in the global scenario, India had extended unstinted support to the country.

He appreciated the fact that trade and commercial ties were being strengthened between the two countries. ''India has offered line of credit (LOC) of 10 million dollar to Swaziland towards establishing a Science and Technology Park in Swaziland. I hope that it would be finalised soon,'' Dr Dlamini said.

During her visit, the Speaker also met the Indian families in Swaziland, mostly from Daman and Diu, who were engaged in business or serving as professors at institutions of higher learning in Mbabane.

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