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India, Mauritius sign MoU on parliamentary cooperation

Port Louis

10-June-2017

India and Mauritius on Saturday signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) here to institutionalise cooperation between the Parliaments of the two countries.

The MoU was signed by Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan and National Assembly of Mauritius' Speaker Santi Bai Hanoomanjee. 

Mahajan, who is leading an Indian parliamentary delegation to Mauritius, said that relations between the two countries are based on centuries of cultural, linguistic, social and spiritual links that transcend extraneous considerations. 

"More than political and other considerations, it is the commonality between the two societies and the depth and nature of their people-to-people contacts which provide a platform for the sustained growth of friendship and partnership," she said in a statement.

Noting that there is a lot to be learnt by sharing the best practices and experiences as parliamentary democracies, she said that the MoU on a joint framework for parliamentary support and capacity building is a visionary step forward. 

She added that the Indian Parliament accords great importance to the steady development of bilateral parliamentary relations between the two countries. - IANS