India, Belarus to expand bilateral ties
ANI | Updated: Sep 12, 2017 18:14 IST
New Delhi [India], Sept 12 (ANI): Indian">Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday said that India and Belarus reviewed the architecture of their partnership and exchanged ideas to expand its bilateral ties.
"Our discussions today were wide ranging and forward looking. They were marked it by the warmth of our ties of two and half decades," Prime Minister Modi said during a joint statement with Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko.
"We have exchanged our views on bilateral issues and on regional and global development. We reviewed the architecture of our partnership, we considered ideas and initiatives for further expanding it," he added.
Prime Minister Modi lauded President Lukashenks's enthusiasm and desire to scale up the partnership between the two countries for the benefit of the people from both the sides.
He said the two countries will work to diversify economic linkages, which will focus on building the natural complimentary between both sides.
Emphasing on abundant business and investment opportunities in different sectors in India, Prime Minister Modi noted that partnership also exists in various fields and areas.
"We will also encourage joint development and manufacturing defence sector, under the Make in India program. Science and technology is another area of focus for stronger cooperation," he said.
Prime Minister Modi highlighted that the two countries have close cooperation and common approaches on matters of mutual interest at various international forums.
He added that the two countries will continue extending mutual support for each other at such forums.
"The great India would not be possible without presence of India in Belarus. We are ready to provide to Indian">Indian companies, to Indian">Indian business, the most favourable and ideal conditions for doing business in our country. This is the example, which we already have with other countries," he said.
"I invited the Prime minister of India to set up a sci-tech park on the crossroads from the east to the west and from the south to the north. The park will offer the most favourable conditions for investment. Indian">Indian companies and other companies from all over the world, if they want, will be able to launch production there and sell goods and services on the territory of the Eurasian Economic Union and the European Union," he said.
The MoUs were signed in areas like oil and gas sector, vocational education, sports affairs, cooperation in agriculture, scientific and technical cooperation.
The Belarus President earlier in the day held meetings with Prime Minister Modi, Vice President M.Venkaiah Naidu and External Affairs Sushma Swaraj.
Earlier, he was given a ceremonial welcome at the forecourt of the Rashtrapati Bhawan.
"We have something to offer to India's leadership and Prime Minister Narendra Modi with whom we already have a friendly relationship and I am sure that we will find our place in this beautiful and prosperous country," President Lukashenko said.