May 25, 2005

Belarusian president upbeat about ties with India

Sonia Chopra

India as an emerging global power is reaching out many countries for cooperation and strategic relationships. Belarus is upbeat about strategic relationship with India.

Belarusian President Alyaksandr Lukashenka met a deputy speaker of the House of the People of India, Charanjit Singh Atwal today. At the start of the meeting the president expressed his gratitude to India for its support on the international arena.

Belarusian President said, "I would like to welcome you in Belarus. Thanks you for your visit. You are well aware that India has always been a top priority in our foreign policy. We take pride in the fact that we have always been able to maintain good contacts with such large states as Russia, China and India. I would like to thank you for your support on the international arena and within the framework of international organizations. Trade between our countries is very dynamic, but its volume still remains insufficient, taking into account the potential of our countries. Nevertheless the trade is very dynamic and we have reason to believe that we will reach significant volumes in trade as we have already specified the goods both our countries are interested in."