Foreign Minister of Benin concludes his visit to India; issues of mutual interests discussed

The visit by the foreign minister of Benin, Olushegun Adjadi Bakari, to India has been concluded as the leaders of the two countries exchanged views on various regional and multilateral issues of mutual interest.

The minister was notably on a two-day visit to India from December 16-18, 2023 with an aim to further strengthen bilateral ties with India.

During the visit, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Benin met External Affairs Minister of India.

Both leaders discussed bilateral relations and exchanged views on various regional & multilateral issues of mutual interest.

The Beninese side especially appreciated the inclusion of African Union as permanent member of G20.

Also, the visiting dignitary also met Piyush Goyal, Minister of Commerce and Industry.

The visiting delegation had meetings with Confederation of Indian Industries (CII) and Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI) on deepening trade and investment links between the two countries.

The Beninese Foreign Minister’s visit to India has provided further impetus to the existing bilateral relations.

External Affairs Minister of India S Jaishankar discussed United Nations (UN) reforms and global issues with his Benin counterpart Olushegun Adjadi Bakari in New Delhi.

Both leaders also discussed enhancing political, economic and development partnerships. Jaishankar was joined by Union Minister of State (MEA), V Muraleedharan.

Worth mentioning that Benin which is a member of several international forums, including the United Nations, works closely with India.

During former Benin President Boni Yayi’s visit to India in March 2009, Benin extended its support to India in its bid for a permanent seat in an expanded UN Security Council.