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Political Relations between the Republic of Belarus and the Republic of India


Diplomatic relations between the Republic of Belarus and the Republic of India were established on April 17, 1992.

Since May 1992, the Embassy of India has been functioning in Minsk.

In June 1998, the Embassy of the Republic of Belarus was opened in New Delhi. On January 10, 2019, Ambassador of Belarus H.E. Mr.A.Rzheussky presented the credentials to President of India H.E. Mr.R.N. Kovind.

In September 1997, in April 2007 and in September 2017, the President of the Republic of Belarus, H.E. Mr.Aleksandr Lukashenko visited India with state visits.

On June 2-4, 2015, the first ever visit of the President of the Republic of India, H.E. Mr.Pranab Mukherjee to the Republic of Belarus took place.

President of the Republic of Belarus H.E. Mr.Aleksandr Lukashenko met with Prime Minister of India H.E. Mr.N.Modi on the sidelines of meetings of the Council of Heads of State of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization in Tashkent (Uzbekistan) in June 2016, in Qingdao (China) in June 2018 and in Bishkek (Kyrgyzstan) in June 2019.
 
In May 1993, November 2002 and November 2012, visits of the Prime Ministers of the Republic of Belarus were organized to India.
The Ministers of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Belarus visited India in 1998, 2002 and 2007.

On April 14-15, 2015, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Belarus H.E. Mr.Vladimir Makei visited India.
 
On September 25, 2019, on the sidelines of the 74th session of the UN General Assembly in New York, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Belarus H.E. Mr.Vladimir Makei met with Minister of External Affairs of India H.E. Dr.S.Jaishankar.
The Heads of the chambers of the National Assembly of the Republic of Belarus visited India in 2002, 2003 and 2006.

On May 10-14, 2016, a Belarusian parliamentary delegation headed by the Chairman of the Council of the Republic of the National Assembly of the Republic of Belarus visited India.
The return visit of the Speaker of the Lok Sabha of the Parliament of India to the Republic of Belarus took place on June 9-13, 2018.
 
A Working Group on Cooperation with the Parliament of the Republic of India has been formed at the National Assembly of the 7th convocation of the Republic of Belarus.
 
A dialogue between the legislative bodies of Belarus and India has been established on the margins of the Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU). The heads of the Belarusian and Indian parliamentary delegations met during the 139th IPU Assembly in Geneva in October 2018.
On October 16, 2018, the 6th round of political consultations at the level of the deputies of Foreign Ministers of Belarus and India was held in New Delhi.
 
Since 2002, the Honorary Consulate of Belarus in Kolkata has been functioning. On September 8, 2018, the Honorary Consulate of the Republic of Belarus in Mumbai was opened.

The positions of Belarus and India on the main issues of maintaining international peace and security, approaches to the implementation of the Sustainable Development Agenda for the period up to 2030, as well as the decisions of major international summits and conferences are close or coincide. Both countries consistently oppose the politicization of human rights issue and the use of selective «double standards».


Belarus and India cooperate constructively on human rights issues at the UN. India is a member of the Group of Friends United in the Fight Against Human Trafficking, and a regular co-author of the Belarusian anti-trafficking resolutions.


Belarus supported the initiative of India to proclaim the International Day of Yoga on June 21st.

The countries regularly support each other in elections to bodies and institutions of the UN system.
Twin-city relations have been established between Minsk and Bangalore, the capital of Karnataka State.