India to import cheetahs from South Africa

Cheetahs, widely known as the fastest animal on the planet, may soon be making a comeback in India. The center plans to import cheetahs from South Africa for the reintroduction of the species to the country. This announcement was made following the Ministry of Foreign Affairs consultations between India and South Africa which saw a discussion on the whole bilateral relationship.

“The two sides reviewed the entire bilateral relationship covering political exchanges, defence, economic and trade issues, consular issues, cooperation in the field of agriculture, health, energy and minerals, human resource development, art, culture, sports and the importation of cheetahs from South Africa for reintroduction to India,” the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said in a statement. communicated. The 11th session of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs consultations between India and South Africa was held today in New Delhi. The consultations were co-chaired by Puneet R. Kundal, JS (Eastern and Southern Africa), Ministry of External Affairs and Ntombizodwa Msutukazi Lallie, Acting Deputy Director General for Asia and the Middle East, Department of International Relations and cooperation, Republic of South Africa .

Besides importing cheetahs, the two sides reviewed the full range of bilateral relations. The two parties also reviewed the status of the memorandums of understanding/agreements under negotiation and agreed to expedite their finalization for the mutual benefit of both countries. In light of the upcoming completion of 30 years of ties between the two countries, it was decided to celebrate the occasion appropriately, both in India and South Africa, through cultural and sporting events and d ‘other activites.

During the consultations, both sides expressed satisfaction with the growth of bilateral trade which reached $17 billion in 2021-22 and agreed on the importance of further diversifying their trade. The two sides also exchanged views on regional and multilateral issues, including cooperation within the UN, BRICS, IBSA and IORA. The South African side pledged its support for India’s upcoming G20 Presidency while the Indian side voiced its support for South Africa’s BRICS Presidency in 2023. The two sides also discussed regional issues, global developments and issues of common interest, including the situation in Ukraine.

The two sides agreed to continue high-level exchanges and regular meetings of institutional mechanisms such as the Joint Commission and various joint working groups to maintain the momentum of bilateral relations. The Indian side also reiterated an invitation to South Africa to join the International Solar Alliance and the Coalition for Disaster Resilient Infrastructure. The talks took place in a friendly and cordial atmosphere. The two sides agreed to hold the next round of consultations on mutually agreed dates in Pretoria. (ANI)

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