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Zuma, Modi invoke spirit of Gandhi and Mandela

Tomorrow the Indian PM will visit Durban and Pietermaritzburg in the footsteps of Mahatma Gandhi.

President Jacob Zuma with India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Picture: GCIS.

PRETORIA - After two hours of talks in Pretoria today President Jacob Zuma and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi have elected not to take questions from the media.



They read statements underlining close and growing ties before leaving to address a business forum in Johannesburg.

The spirit of Mahatma Gandhi and Nelson Mandela were repeatedly invoked by the visiting PM Modi and his host Zuma.

Both spoke about cooperating in the Indian Ocean rim countries, which South Africa will chair next year, Brics and the India-Brazil-South Africa grouping.

After the business forum in Johannesburg Modi will address thousands of members of the Indian community. Tomorrow he will visit Durban and Pietermaritzburg in the footsteps of Gandhi.