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25 Jan 2018

Pankaj Saxena: Belarus and India implement high-level agreements in full

Pankaj Saxena: Belarus and India implement high-level agreements in full

MINSK, 25 January (BelTA) – Belarus and India have been effectively implementing the agreements reached at the highest level during the visit of Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko to New Delhi, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of India to Belarus Pankaj Saxena said at a function to mark India’s Republic Day on 24 January, BelTA has learned.

The diplomat touched upon the complicated history of India's development. On 26 January 1950, India adopted the Constitution, became a republic, and embarked on the path of modern development. "Since then, India has come a long way in the fight against poverty, economic backwardness, inequality, and illiteracy. There is, however, still a long way to go to improve people's wellbeing. Today, India is a steadily developing country, including in science, technology, innovations and startups. This is a state with the largest share of the young population aged between 18 and 35. It is the young people who are raising the country to the forefront in the world,” the ambassador said.

According to the diplomat, the government under the leadership of Prime Minister Narendra Modi has taken important steps to put the economy on track of rapid growth.

Taking note of his country’s successes, the diplomat emphasized that the Indian space agency had made a historic successful launch of 104 satellites into space. Apart from that, India has become the world's leader in the number of female pilots on commercial flights, and it was the representative of this country who became the world’s first female commander of the Boeing 777 crew.

India continues the policy of friendship and cooperation with all the countries, making its contribution to the maintenance of peace and stability, he added.

“India and Belarus have traditionally enjoyed friendly relations since the establishment of diplomatic relations in 1992. They are based on mutual trust, understanding and cooperation. Both the sides benefit from the exchange of experience and interaction. 2017 was a milestone year in the history of the bilateral relations of the two countries, as the states marked 25 years of diplomatic relations,” said Pankaj Saxena.

According to him, the Belarusian-Indian cooperation further strengthened after the successful visit of Alexander Lukashenko to India in September 2017. The agreements at the highest level touched upon the prospects of developing relations in various fields, including trade, investment, science and technology, and innovations.

The diplomat also viewed the cooperation with Belarus in culture and education as successful. He added that India highly appreciates the support of Belarus at the elections to important international organizations.

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