Vice President and Rajya Sabha Chairman M Venkaiah Naidu on Thursday stressed that terrorism and radicalisation remain common challenges for not just India and Mali, but also the world.
Interacting with a delegation led by Mr. Abdrahamane Niang, the President of the High Court of Justice of Mali, the Vice President congratulated the Government of Mali on the establishment of G-5 Sahel Joint Force which would contribute to unity, peace, development and prosperity of Mali and the region.
Asserting that India stands ready to extend Lines of Credit in projects of renewable energy sector in Mali and had already extended duty free Tariff Preference Scheme to Mali, of which Indian importers were availing the benefits, he said India was committed to further strengthen its developmental cooperation partnership
The Vice President said the world heritage site of Timbuktu with its repository of invaluable Islamic scriptures and manuscripts was a unique cultural asset for the entire world. He further said that India keenly looked forward to the early inauguration and opening of the Exhibition "Taj Mahal meets Timbuktu" in India.
Besides Mr Niang, there were two other Members of Parliament of Mali. Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman P.J. Kurien and RS Secretary General Desh Deepak Verma and other dignitaries were also present, an official release here said.