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President Pranab Mukherjee leaves for 3 African nations tours

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Published on 12 Jun 2016 8:59 AM GMT

President Pranab Mukherjee leaves for 3 African nations tours
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New Delhi: President Pranab Mukherjee on Sunday left for a tour of three African nations.

The tour of President is aimed at extending and deepening the outreach to the countries of the continent which is important for India both politically and economically.

The Presidential visit of Africa is part of the high-level engagements planned by the Government to shore up its relations with states of the continent, where the Chinese foot print is already very much marked, and it comes close on the heels of Vice-President Hamid Ansari's visit to Morocco and Tunisia.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi is also expected to travel to Africa this year.

This is the President's first visit to Ghana and Cote D'Ivore and second to Namibia, but as President he is visiting Namibia also for the first time.

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