On January 10, 2019 the Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Belarus, Andrei Dapkiunas, met with the Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of India to Belarus, Sangeeta Bahadur.
During the meeting, the sides discussed topical issues of bilateral and international agenda, in particular strengthening global and regional security, nuclear non-proliferation, the fight against terrorism. Deputy Minister and the Ambassador noted the historically friendly and positive character of bilateral relations between the two countries.
A.Dapkiunas emphasized the importance of sustainable and friendly engagement of all stakeholders in dialogue and cooperation within multilateral fora and mechanisms set up to strengthen the global regime of nuclear non-proliferation. In this context, Deputy Foreign Minister of Belarus stressed the crucial role of the regional dimension of international security, including for the region of South Asia and the European region, as an important factor of global security and strategic stability.
The two sides reviewed the preparation of a number of bilateral high-level visits scheduled for 2019. A.Dapkiunas and S.Bahadur agreed to continue working together to promote the projects of trade and economic cooperation between Belarus and India, including in the areas of pharmaceutical and textile industries.
A number of issues of humanitarian cooperation were also addressed at the meeting, measures to further simplify the visa regime. A.Dapkiunas expressed his hope for a possible early resolution by the Indian partners of the issues that would enable Belarusian citizens to obtain an Indian electronic visa.
A.Dapkiunas and S.Bahadur discussed and noted as highly important and promising the establishment of a direct flight between Minsk and New Delhi.