India inks 10 pacts with Belarus

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NEW DELHI,  (Xinhua) — India and Belarus inked 10 pacts here on Tuesday as Prime Minister Narendra Modi held talks with visiting Belarusian President Alexander Lukashenko.

The agreements signed between the two countries are aimed to enhance bilateral cooperation in various fields, including in oil and gas, education and sports.

During their wide-ranging talks, Modi and the visiting Belarusian president agreed to focus on stepping up bilateral engagement in various areas, including defense, trade and investment.

“We will encourage joint development and manufacturing in defense sector under the Make in India program,” Modi said in a media statement after the talks.

Earlier in the day, President Lukashenko was accorded a ceremonial welcome at Rashtrapati Bhawan (presidential residence) where he was received by Indian President Ram Nath Kovind.

Indian Vice President M. Venkaiah Naidu and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj also called on the visiting president before his talks with Modi.

President Lukashenko arrived in the Indian capital Monday night on a two-day state visit, which coincides with the two countries celebrating the 25th anniversary of diplomatic ties.

[Editor: Mengjie]