India, Belarus sign 10 pacts to expand cooperation

RSTV Bureau

Prime Minister Narendra Modi today held extensive talks with Belarus President A G Lukashenko to ramp up bilateral engagement in various areas, including defence, trade and investment.

During their extensive talks, also agreed to focus on ramping up economic engagement between the two countries, holding that there was a huge scope for boosting trade and investment.

“We will encourage joint development and manufacturing in defence sector under the ‘Make in India’ programme,” Modi said in a media statement.

Both the countries, inked 10 pacts to expand cooperation in a range of areas and decided to explore joint development and manufacture of military platforms, giving a fresh momentum in bilateral ties.

The prime minister said he and Lukashenko reviewed the “architecture” of India-Belarus partnership and exchanged ideas to expand it.

The pacts inked provided for enhancing bilateral cooperation in a variety of areas, including oil and gas, education and sports.

His visit takes place at a time when Belarus and India are celebrating the 25th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations.

A range of issues, including ways to deepen cooperation in various areas, were discussed by Lukashenko and Modi during their talks.

Vice President Venkaiah Naidu and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj called on the president of Belarus before his talks with Modi.

Lukashenko, who arrived here last night, was also given a ceremonial welcome at forecourt of the Rashtrapati Bhavan this morning.