Even as Wang met with Comorian President Azali Assoumani and ensured China’s assistance to the tiny archipelago to contain the Covid-19 pandemic, economic recovery and infrastructure development, the Indian Navy’s INS Kesari reached the port of Moroni. New Delhi said the Indian Navy ship reached the Comoros to help the East African nation’s coast guard repair a stranded P002-M’kombozi patrol vessel.
Commander Moudjib Rahmane Adane, head of the Comoros Coast Guard, asked the Indian Navy to help repair the patrol boat when he visited India in November 2021 to participate in the Goa maritime conclave.
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“India reaches out to Conclave of Defense Ministers of Comoros India-Africa Coast Guard at @ defexpo2022 to promote similar cooperation,” Defense Secretary Ajay Kumar wrote on Twitter after the Embassy of India in Antananarivo (the capital of Madagascar) posted photos from INS Kesari. at the port of Moroni in the Comoros.
The Indian Embassy in Antananarivo also manages its relations with the Comoros.
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As New Delhi wishes to intensify its defense relations with African countries, Defense Minister Rajnath Singh will welcome his counterpart from the continent during a conclave on the sidelines of Def Expo 2022 in Gandhinagar from March 10 to 13.
The Comoros are strategically located in the Indian Ocean, straddling the northern mouth of the Mozambique Channel between Mozambique and Madagascar. India recently attempted to strengthen ties with the Comoros in order to thwart China’s attempt to woo the East African nation into its own orbit of geopolitical influence.
Wang also visited Kenya and Eritrea before flying to the Maldives on Friday. He will also visit Sri Lanka, another country neighboring India where China is trying to expand its footprint.
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