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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 (Ambassador H.E. Mr. Pankaj Saxena was appointed on July 16, 2015). In June 1998, the Embassy of the Republic of Belarus was opened in New Delhi (Ambassador H.E. Mr. Vitaly A. Prima – since October 2012).

In September 1997 and April 2007, the President of the Republic of Belarus H.E. Mr. Alexander G. Lukashenko visited India with state visits. The immediate state visit was held on September 11-13, 2017.

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

In June 2016, the President of the Republic of Belarus H.E. Mr. Alexander G. Lukashenko met with the Prime Minister of the Republic of India H.E. Mr. Narendra Modi in the margins of the meeting of the Council of Heads of States of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization in Tashkent (Uzbekistan). An agreement was reached to work out the visit of the Indian Prime Minister to Belarus.

In May 1993, November 2002 and November 2012, visits of the Prime Ministers of the Republic of Belarus were organized to India.

On April 14-15, 2015, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Belarus H.E. Mr. Vladimir V. Makei visited India.

On May 10-14, 2016, there was a visit of the Belarusian Parliamentary delegation headed by the Chairman of the Council of the Republic of the National Assembly of the Republic of Belarus H.E. Mr. Mikhail V. Myasnikovich to India. The return visit of the Speaker of the Lok Sabha of the Parliament of India H.E. Mrs. Sumitra Mahajan to Belarus is being worked out.

On November 22, 2016, the fifth round of political consultations took place in Minsk. The Indian delegation was led by the Deputy Minister of External Affairs of the Republic of India H.E. Mrs. Sujata Mehta.

The positions of Belarus and India are close or coincide 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.

Interaction with India on human rights issues in the UN is very constructive. 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 resolution “Improving the Coordination of Efforts to Combat Trafficking in Human Beings”. India became a co-author of the resolution “Implementation of the UN Global Action Plan to Combat Trafficking in Human Beings”. Belarus supported the initiative of India to proclaim the International Day of Yoga on June 21.

Twin-city relations have been established between Minsk and the capital of Karnataka state Bangalore.