Abidjan, June 15: President Pranab Mukherjee asserted that India will remain a steadfast partner in assisting Cote d’Ivoire in its economic development and growth, adding that the Governments of both nations have developed a successful framework for their bilateral co-operation President Mukherjee made the address during a banquet in his honour by the President of the Republic of Cote d’Ivoire.Also Read - Former President Pranab Mukherjee's Son Abhijeet Banerjee Joins TMC in Kolkata| PICS Here
“We have, over the decades, created unique bonds of trust and mutual understanding – based on our shared values and synergies. Our partnership has, in recent years, become increasingly multifaceted, dynamic and rewarding. Our bilateral trade is steadily increasing and is expected to touch one billion US dollars in the next few years. Given the relative size of our economies and our wide convergences in several sectors of common interests, we both agree that our trade and investment and economic co-operation does, indeed have a greater potential that is waiting to be fully realised,” the President said. (ALSO READ: Indology can help counter impulses of terrorism: President Mukherjee) Also Read - 'Unless I Can be Teleported': Abhijit Mukherjee, Late President Pranab Mukherjee's Son, on Joining TMC
Highlighting that Cote d’Ivoire and India share common concerns in fight against international terrorism, he added that both nations have been co-ordinating closely in regional and multilateral fora on this and other key issues including disarmament, climate change and sustainable development. Also Read - From Pranab Mukherjee to Motilal Vora: List of Political Bigwigs Who Passed Away This Year
“India and Cote d’Ivoire are also active participants in regional and international fora and have worked together in close cooperation on matters of shared interest and concern. We both recognize the imperatives of strengthening the UN system and other international organizations,” he said. President Mukherjee further said that India stands ready to shoulder greater responsibilities in the specialized organs of the United Nations, particularly the UN Security Council.