India agrees to lend Mauritius $100m for defense equipment Yasine Mohabuth Port Louis, Mauritius

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India has agreed to loan Mauritius $100m (£71m) to buy military equipment including radar and helicopters, in what is said to be the first such agreement between India an an African country.

India’s Minister of External Affairs Subrahmanyam Jaishankar signed The India Mauritius Comprehensive Economic Cooperation and Partnership Agreement while on an official visit to Mauritius.

“Today is indeed a special day in our special relationship. India is privileged to have entered into a Comprehensive Economic Cooperation and Partnership Agreement [CECPA] with Mauritius. This agreement is India’s first-such agreement with an African country,” Mr Jaishankar said.

The ceremony began with Mr Jaishankar handing over of 100,000 doses of the Covid-19 vaccination.

People of Indian origin make up nearly 70% of Mauritius which has a population of around 1.3 million people.

Their ancestors were sent there as indentured labourers during British colonial rule and Indian people are known to call Mauritius “Chota Bharat” which means small India.