On his first state visit to Belarus, President Pranab Mukherjee on Wednesday met with his counterpart President AG Lukashenko. The two head of state discussed host of issues including boosting of trade ties and co-operation in the field of mining and education.
President Mukherjee, who arrived here late on Tuesday night, is on a two-day visit to the eastern European nation. At his arrival he was accorded a ceremonial welcome at the majestic Palace of Independence by the Belarusian President and other high dignitaries.
The two leaders then held a one-to-one meeting where the issues concerning two sovereign nations were taken up.
In their talks, the President discussed increasing trade ties between the two countries besides boosting co-operation in the field of mining, education and heavy machinery with AG Lukashenko.
Earlier in the day, the two Presidents witnessed signing ceremony of several agreements and Memorandum of Understanding (MoU), including agreements between Securities and Exchange Board of India (SEBI) and Ministry of Finance, Bureau of Indian Standards as well as between Prasar Bharti and National State Televisions.
This is the first Presidential visit from India to Belarus. Belarus President had earlier visited India twice in the years 1997 and 2007.
Among the state events, President Mukherjee will be unveiling a statue of Mahatma Gandhi at the Belarusian State University where he will be awarded an honourary degree.
The President will also inaugurate a refurbished power project for which the work has been done by Bharat Heavy Electricals Limited (BHEL).
(With inputs from the PTI)