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Belarus hopes to raise level of partnership with India to strategic

Belarus hopes to raise level of partnership with India to strategic

“We traditionally view relations with India as a priority of our foreign policy, not only in Asia but globally. We highly appreciate friendly ties between our two countries and are sincerely striving to develop them further. We hope to raise our co-operation to the level of strategic partnership,” noted Belarus’ Prime Minister, Andrei Kobyakov, on meeting the Ambassador of India to Belarus, Pankaj Saxena.

The Belarusian Head of Government stated that, this year, Belarus hosted Indian President Pranab Mukherjee’s visit, signing a number of agreements. “India’s decision to open a credit line to finance projects in Belarus is significant,” said the Prime Minister.

Mr. Kobyakov underlined that Belarus hopes to increase shipments of potash fertilisers and engineering products to India while welcoming the arrival of Indian pharmaceutical companies. He believes that co-operation between Belarus and India should also focus on educational and sci-tech spheres.

The PM expressed gratitude to India for the inclusion of Belarus on the list of country-participants of the Indian Technical & Economic Co-operation Programme (ITEC). “Belarus is ready to provide India with its R&D developments across various areas.

A good example of collaboration is the export of Belarusian aerospace and electro-optical laser technologies to India. I want to believe that co-operation in these and other areas will further enhance,” added Mr. Kobyakov.

By Olga Savelieva
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