Vice President of India, M Venkaiah Naidu interacted with the Indian Community in Belgrade on the evening of his arrival on Friday. The Vice President asked Indians living in Serbia to play key role in deepening India Serbia relations.
VP Naidu’s visit assumes significance as India and Serbia celebrate 70 years of diplomatic ties. This is the first VVIP from India to Serbia since the breakup of Yugoslavia in early 1990s.
Calling them India’s unofficial ambassadors to Serbia, Vice President asked them to play an important role in deepening India’s relationship with Serbia. You are the face of India in Serbia exemplifying to the people you interact with, the mind and heart of Bharat. You are the valuable human resource for India bringing in new Knowledge, skills and attitudes to accelerate India’s growth, he said.
He said that there is a vast potential in further expanding bilateral economic cooperation. One of the key objectives of my visit to Serbia is to expand the political, economic and cultural relations that tie our two countries together, he said.
Talking about cultural ties and people to people contact, he said that he was impressed to learn about the interest of Serbian people in Indian culture particularly Yoga and Ayurveda.
We greatly appreciate the unilateral gesture of Serbian government to abolish visas for Indian nationals to travel to Serbia for short duration. I am sure, you are taking advantage of the e-Visa scheme of India launched in 2015 and further liberalised last year for business, tourism and health purposes, he said.
The Vice President also apprised the gathering of the initiatives taken by the Indian Government has for the benefit of the Indian diaspora. He said that India is on the move and is witnessing transformation all spheres with its approach – Reform, Perform and Transform.
Vice President is accompanying by Minister of State for Finance, Shiv Pratap Shukla and Prasanna Acharya, VijilaSathyananth and Ms. Saroj Pandey, Hon’ble Members of the Upper House of Parliament (Rajya Sabha) and Raghav Lakhanpal, Hon’ble Member of the Lower House of Parliament (Lok Sabha).