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Had `extraordinary engagements` with Narendra Modi, says Mauritius PM

| Updated: May 28, 2017 04:02 IST

New Delhi [India], May 27 (ANI): Mauritius Prime Minister Pravind Jugnauth on Saturday described his engagements with his counterpart, Narendra Modi, as "extra ordinary", saying that the relationship between two nations has been cemented further under his leadership. "India has stood by us for many years since we have taken over. We must say that all of my engagements with Prime Minister Modi have been extra ordinary. The relationship is excellent, I am cementing further that relationship," Jugnauth old ANI. Condemning the recent terror attack in Manchester, Jaugnauth said it would "collaborate and consult with all countries", including India, "that have embarked" on the fight against terrorism. Earlier today, India and Mauritius agreed to cooperate in stepping up vigil against conventional and non-conventional threats in the Indian Ocean. After holding discussions with visiting Jugnauth, Prime Minister Modi said in a press conference, that as frontline states of the Indian Ocean, the two sides ensure collective maritime security around the coasts and in Exclusive Economic Zones (EEZs). "We have also agreed to further strengthen our wide-ranging cooperation in hydrography for a secure and peaceful maritime domain," Prime Minister Modi said. India is supporting the National Coast Guard of Mauritius in augmenting its capacity through Project Trident and will renew the life of the Coast Guard Ship Guardian that was provided to Mauritius, under a grant assistance programme. India also agreed to provide a Line of Credit of USD 500 million to Mauritius for various projects. Prime Minister Jugnauth also reiterated his country unwavering support to India's legitimate aspiration for permanent membership of the United Nation Security Council (UNSC). (ANI)