Resource-rich West African country Namibia assured it will look at ways to supply Uranium to India. President Pranab Mukherjee on a two day visit to Namibia held bi-lateral talks with the Namibian President Hage Geingob on Friday. President Mukherjee offered support to Namibia for efficient extraction of its natural resources for sustainable development using environmentally friendly methods.
Namibia is rich in resources, but cannot use them as does not have nuclear technology or weapons. President Geingob went on to clarify that Namibia will look into ‘legal ways’ for India to use its Uranium for beneficial and peaceful nuclear use.
Recalling a conversation with an ex Indian diplomat President Geingob termed as ‘Nuclear Apartheid’, the handful of countries dictating ludicrous terms for use of nuclear technology to the rest of the world .
He disputed the minimal representation from Africa to UN organs like the Security Council, International Monetary Fund and the World Bank and strongly endorsed Indian candidature for permanent seat in the UN Security Council. Calling for reforms in the United Nations and its various organs; the President went on to claim, “how can a country with 1.2 billion people and a continent with over one billion people not get representation on the United Nations Security Council. How can this be democratic?”
President Geingob welcomed bulk investments by Indian companies in Namibia and lauded the initiative taken by India in proposing ’ International Solar Alliance’ to combat climate change.
In his speech to the parliament of Namibia, President Pranab Mukherjee assured the Namibian Government of all possible support and collaboration in multiple fields to further their developmental plans. In the current era of globalization, India and Africa as centers of gravity have responsibility to work concertedly for peace, security and sustainable development in the two continents, he said.