Enjoying cordial relations, India and Malawi have decided to further strengthen bilateral relations
India and Malawi, a southeastern African country have agreed to strengthen their bilateral relationship by bolstering cooperation in the areas of development partnership, defence, trade and commerce, agriculture, education, and several other sectors.

A decision to this regard was taken during the second India-Malawi Foreign Office Consultations (FOC) in Lilongwe, the capital of the southeastern African nation on August 4.

During the FOC, both sides reviewed their wide- ranging bilateral relationship, covering political exchanges, development partnership, defence cooperation, trade and economic matters, consular issues and cooperation in areas such as agriculture, education, health, mines and minerals, digital technology, renewable energy, art and culture, the Ministry of External Affairs said.

Both sides agreed to further diversify cooperation in various areas to further strengthen their relationship, the MEA added.

India and Malawi also discussed multilateral issues of mutual interest, including UN Security Council reforms, peace and security in Southern Africa, Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA), and South African Development Community (SADC).

The two sides also agreed to continue high level political exchanges and regular meetings of the joint institutional mechanisms to keep the partnership vibrant and mutually beneficial, the MEA added.

At the FOC, the Indian side was led by Puneet R Kundal, Joint Secretary (East and Southern Africa), while the Malawi side was represented by Bernard H Sande, Principal Secretary in the southeastern Africa’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs.

The Indian side invited Malawi to join the Coalition for Disaster, Resilient Infrastructure (CDRI) and the International Big Cat Alliance (IBCA).

It was agreed to hold the next round of Consultations at mutually convenient dates in 2024 in New Delhi.

India and Malawi enjoy cordial and friendly relations.

Earlier, on July 31, a parliamentary delegation from Malawi, led by the Speaker of the African country’s National Assembly, Catherine Gotani Hara called on President Droupadi Murmu at Rashtrapati Bhavan in New Delhi.

Welcoming the delegation, the President said that India and Malawi share long-standing cordial and friendly relations, and there is immense scope for adding greater depth to our ties.

She stated "Our common faith in democratic values and pluralism makes India and Malawi natural partners." the MEA said.

The President noted that India has been one of the largest trade and private investment partners of Malawi, and is also a preferred destination of Malawian nationals for health and education, the MEA added.

She was happy to note that India has a strong development partnership programme with Malawi and a number of projects have been implemented in Malawi in the areas such as infrastructure, health, water resources, capacity building and education, the MEA said.