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South Africa visit has been a 'Tirth Yatra' for me: PM Modi

Updated: Jul 09, 2016 21:31 IST

Durban (South Africa), July 9 (ANI): Expressing his gratitude to the people and the Government of South Africa, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday said his visit to the nation was a 'Tirth Yatra' for him.

"It's been a satisfying South Africa visit, where I have been able to attend such a wide variety of programmes and interact with so many people. This South Africa visit has been a ' Tirth Yatra' for me. Got an opportunity to visit places so closely associated with Mahatma Gandhi," Prime Minister Modi tweeted.

"My gratitude to the people and Government of South Africa for extending a warm welcome and the memorable hospitality during my stay here," he added.

Prime Minister Modi earlier today attended the civic reception jointly hosted by the High Commissioner and the Mayor of Durban.

"In our inter-dependent world, India's growth story is one of the brightest spots. The history of the people to people ties provides a strong foundation to build a modern day partnership with South Africa," he said.

He also said while the challenges in the twenty first century may have changed, the developmental concerns of both India and South Africa are common.

After the civic reception, the Prime Minister met Albertina Luthuli, daughter of the well known Albert Luthuli, an ANC veteran.

Earlier today, Prime Minister Modi visited Phoenix Settlement, which is closely associated with Mahatma Gandhi.

The Prime Minister also visited the farm where Gandhi spent formative years of his political work. Gandhi's old home 'Sarvodaya' also forms a part of the Phoenix Settlement. (ANI)