South African President meets President Patil

     South African President Jacob Zuma, who is on a three-day visit to India, met President Pratibha Devisingh Patil here on Friday. The visiting President was accorded a ceremonial welcome with a guard of honour presented by the personnel of Indian defence forces in the presence of Prime Minister Dr Manmohan Singh and President Patil. Addressing the media, President Zuma said the aim of his visit was to strengthen relations between the two countries. "Well firstly to strengthen our relations as two countries. We do have very cordial and historic relations between India and South Africa," he said. President Zuma also visited Rajghat, the memorial of Mahatma Gandhi, where he paid floral tribute. The South African President, who is on his first official trip to Asia, arrived in New Delhi from Mumbai on Thursday. He is accompanied by a high profile business delegation to promote and strengthen the historical and business ties between both countries.

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