India donates US$ 1 million cash grant to Zimbabwe

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The Ministry of External Affairs in an official statement said Indian Ambassador to Zimbabwe R. Masakui had last week handed over the grant to Dr. Misheck Sibanda, Chief Secretary to President Robert Mugabe.

Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe shakes hands with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi before the start of their bilateral meeting at Hyderabad House in New Delhi, India, October 28, 2015. India hosts its biggest-ever Africa summit this week as Modi seeks to challenge China's dominance on a continent that is blessed with vast natural resources and has the world's fastest-growing population. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi

Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe shakes hands with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi before the start of their bilateral meeting at Hyderabad House in New Delhi, India, October 28, 2015. India hosts its biggest-ever Africa summit this week as Modi seeks to challenge China’s dominance on a continent that is blessed with vast natural resources and has the world’s fastest-growing population. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi

Accepting the grant, Sibanda thanked the Indian Government for the quick response to an international appeal made by Zimbabwe in the wake of El Nino induced drought disaster.

He also said that Zimbabwe was happy with the sound relationship that exists between Zimbabwe and India in critical sectors of the economy such as SME, ICT, energy, education and pharmaceuticals.

Meanwhile, India also announced that the logistical modalities are being worked out for donation of 500 metric tonne of rice in the second phase of assistance, the statement said. (ANI)

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