Dar-es-Salaam (Tanzania), July 10 (ANI
): Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who is on his first visit to the African mainland, on Sunday lavished praise on the Indians living in African countries for preserving their age-old culture and traditions.
During his interaction with the Indian community here, Prime Minister Modi called on the people of both India and Africa to serve the entire world.
"The Indians, who migrated to African countries generations ago, have preserved their culture and it is a commendable feat. They have preserved their language, eating habits etc. because of which there is this amazing warmth which I can sense over here," he said.
"It is because of your blessings that India is making progress at such a rapid rate. But we have to take this much forward. The love and respect that I have got here is truly invaluable. This was my first visit to the African mainland and I have received immense love here, tomorrow I will be going to Kenya," he added.
He also called on the citizens of both India and Africa to do a great service in the coming days, not only for their respective countries, but for the whole world as well.
Prime Minister Modi was earlier today accorded a ceremonial welcome at the State House kicking-off his first engagement in Tanzania.
He met with a group of 'Solar Mamas', the women from developing nations who have been trained in harnessing solar energy at the Barefoot College in Tilonia village of Rajasthan's Ajmer city.
Later this evening, the Prime Minister will interact with around 50,000 members of the Indian community in Tanzania before leaving for Kenya on the fourth and final leg of his tour.
He landed at Julius Nyerere International Airport in Dar-es-Salaam earlier in the day as part of his four-nation Africa tour aimed at enhancing ties with the continent, particularly in the economic sphere. (ANI