India and Belarus sign 10 MoUs

India and Belarus have signed ten Memorandum of Understandings on Tuesday in areas like Oil and Gas, Youth Affairs and Sports, Skill Development and Entrepreneurship, Scientific and Technical Cooperation, Agricultural Research and Education, Construction and Culture.

The agreements were signed after delegation level talks between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Belarus President Aleksander Grigoryevich Lukashenko in New Delhi today. Both leaders also issued a joint press statement after signing the agreements.

In the press statement with Belarus President Lukashenko, PM Modi said, he and Mr Lukashenko reviewed the architecture of India-Belarus partnership and exchanged ideas to expand it. He said India would encourage joint development and manufacturing with Belarus in Defence sector under Make in India programme.

Highlighting the potentials for joint ventures, PM Modi noted there are immense possibilities in Pharma, oil and heavy industries sectors. He said both countries have agreed to scale up the partnership and diversify economic linkage between the two nations.

This morning the Belarus President was given a ceremonial reception at Rashtrapati Bhavan. He also visited and laid a wreath at Mahatma Gandhi’s Samadhi, Rajghat. Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu and External Affairs Minister also called on the visiting dignitary.

The two leaders also released commemorative postage stamp to mark the 25th anniversary of India-Belarus diplomatic relationships.

Mr Lukashenko had arrived in New Delhi last night.

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