Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday said Indians living abroad are the true “national ambassadors” as they play a vital role in strengthening the bond between India and other countries.

“Indians living in other countries are the true national ambassadors in strengthening India’s relation with other countries,” Modi said while addressing the Silver Jubilee celebrations of the Shree Cutchi Leva Patel Samaj in Kenya’s Nairobi via video conferencing.

He said, Cutchi Leva Patel Samaj has made great contribution in the development of Africa for the last 125 years and acknowledged the contribution of the Samaj to Kenya.

Talking specifically about Africa, Modi said India will soon be setting up 18 new embassies and High Commissions in the continent.

“We have announced 10 billion dollar aid for development of Africa. Recently we have also announced 18 new embassies and High Commission to be opened in Africa,” he said.

The prime minister also invited the gathering to visit the Kumbh Mela in Allahabad in January 2019.

“Kumbh Mela will be organised in Allahabad in January next year and I request you people in Africa to visit this, especially those who have not visited India,” he said.