The fourth round of Foreign Office Consultations between India and Belarus were held in New Delhi on 23 July. The Consultations are to be followed by the sixth meeting of the India-Belarus Inter-Governmental Commission on Trade and Economic Cooperation on 24 July in New Delhi. Delegation level talks were held between H.E. Mr. Valentin Rybakov, Deputy Foreign Minister of Belarus and Shri Ashok K. Kantha, Secretary (East) in the Ministry of External Affairs. Mr. Dmitry S. Katerinich, Minister of Industry of Belarus also joined the talks during lunch. Mr. Katerinich and Mr. Rybakov also met Hon’ble Minister of Coal Shri Sriprakash Jaiswal.
The entire gamut of bilateral relations was reviewed during the talks. Both sides agreed on measures to boost trade and economic relations to their full potential. Fertilizers formed an important part of the agenda, with India expressing interest in long term arrangements for the supply of potash fertilizers from Belarus, which is one of the major suppliers in the world. Opportunities for cooperation were also discussed in sectors like pharmaceuticals, science and technology and new areas of niche and innovative technologies.
In regional and international matters issues of common concern were covered and views were exchanged on the current international situation. Both sides agreed to continue close cooperation in international fora such as the UN and NAM.
23 July 2013
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