by Assad Bhuglah
The Afro-Arab relations can be traced back thousands of years ago when the African and Arab coasts of the Indian Ocean served an important platform of interaction between the two regions. Mauritius, which was initially known as Dina Arabi, had been one of the transit points of the maritime trade route used by Arab mariners. Due to the strategic and economic importance of Africa and the Arab lands, both of them have suffered same experience from the colonial and imperialist forces. Geographical proximity, history and cultural links have helped the peoples of the two regions to forge solidarity and common front against colonial exploitation, dependence and backwardness.