The President of India,
Shri Ram Nath Kovind, yesterday (September 12, 2017) received His
Excellency Mr. Alexander Lukashenko, the President of the Republic of
Belarus, at Rashtrapati Bhavan. He also hosted a banquet in his honour.
Welcoming the President of Belarus, the President said that his visit to
India has a special importance as year 2017 is the silver jubilee year
of establishment of diplomatic relations between India and Belarus.
The President said that there is a huge opportunity to diversify the
bilateral trade between India and Belarus. India is keen to strengthen
its trade and investment partnership with Belarus. The ‘Make in India’
programme provides opportunities to companies of both countries for
cooperation in the field of defence. Belarus is a great source of potash
and India hopes for partnerships in this sector.
The President said that India acknowledges Belarus’s support at various
multilateral forums such as the United Nations, Nuclear Suppliers Group
and International Court of Justice. India is committed to further
strengthen its relations with Belarus.
Subsequently, in his banquet speech, President Kovind said that our
bilateral partnership so far has been laced with much warmth and
friendship; our ties going into the future look equally promising. As
two nations with a shared global vision, India and Belarus have stood
for respect for sovereignty, territorial integrity and unity of all
nations. We both support peace and stability in the world and seek
peaceful resolution of disputes and conflicts. The two countries also
forcefully condemn terrorism in all its forms and manifestations.