India remains a priority partner

President Alexander Lukashenko announces interest in strengthening Belarusian-Indian ties on meeting Ambassador

By Galina Shirokova

Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of India to Belarus, H.E. Mr. Ramesh Chander, as he completes his diplomatic mission
The meeting was the first by the Head of State following the elections, although such meetings with ambassadors — who have done much for the development of inter-state relations — are traditional.

The President praised the work of Mr. Chander in Belarus saying, “You’ve done much for Belarusian-Indian relations. Via your personal contribution, many Indian companies have invested in Belarus. We are setting up joint ventures in India in the most important spheres: primarily, machine building.”

Mr. Lukashenko also noted the significant growth of Belarusian-Indian turnover last year (which exceeded $0.5bn). The President sees this as a good result, especially taking the global crisis into consideration. Mr. Lukashenko stressed, “When we were reproached on our isolation, I used to say: ‘we have ties with such large states as India’.”

The President noted that Belarus is interested in developing relations with India and is confident that Mr. Chander will continue contributing to this.

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