India, Belarus to elevate bilateral partnership

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"We reviewed the architecture of India-Belarus partnership and exchanged ideas to expand it", Prime Minister Narendra Modi said in a joint address to the media with Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko following delegation-level talks here. The Belarus president is on a three-day visit to India to deepen cooperation between the two nations in sectors of defence, trade and investment.

He said the tow countries have agreed to scale up their partnership and diversify economic linkage with focus on natural complementaries between the two.

"The MoU pertaining to strategic cooperation has been entered between NBCC and BZS for joint participation in the upcoming infrastructure and energy development projects in India and Republic of Belarus", NBCC said in a statement. Lukashenko will also meet President Ram Nath Kovind, Vice-President Venkaiah Naidu and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj during his visit in India.

President Lukashenko was accorded a ceremonial reception at Rashtrapati Bhavan.

His visit takes place at a time when Belarus and India are celebrating the 25th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations.

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