Attacks on Africans are despicable, says VP Ansari

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Morocco: Vice President Hamid Ansari with Abdelilah Benkirane Prime Minister Kingdom of Morocco reviews a guard of honour at Rabat in Morocco on Monday. PTI Photo

Morocco: Vice President Hamid Ansari with Abdelilah Benkirane Prime Minister Kingdom of Morocco reviews a guard of honour at Rabat in Morocco on Monday. PTI Photo

Vice President Hamid Ansari, who is in Morocco on a three-day visit, has condemned the string of assaults on African nationals in India.

The Vice President said that the attacks on Africans in India are “despicable”.

Interacting with media on board his special aircraft before arriving in Moroccan capital Rabat, Ansari said, “Attack on anyone whether own person or guest, it is despicable….Nobody or no government can say anything different about condemning all types of violence.”

“They (Africans) are our guests. We have to look after them in the wake of violation of law and order.”

The Vice President also said India’s ties with African countries was “good”.

“We greatly value our relationship with African countries and we always stood by them…Even before 1947 we talked of decolonisation of Africa,” said VP Ansari.

He also added that the stand of the previous UPA government and the present NDA government has been no different on the matter.

There has been a spate of attacks on African nationals in India in the last few days. A Congolese youth was killed in the national capital and a 23-year-old Nigerian student was assaulted in Hyderabad. Apart from these, five other cases of attacks were reported in Delhi.

VP Ansari is on a five-day visit to two North African countries Morocco and Tunisia – as part of efforts to build on diplomatic gains from the India-Africa summit held in New Delhi in October last year.

“With Morocco we have substantive relationship due to one product, phosphate – which is very important for us. Indian investment is also there in Morocco in this sector,” Vice President Ansari had said while talking about India’s ties with Morocco.

(With inputs from PTI)