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India, Belarus hold first-ever Consular Dialogue in Minsk

On June 28, India and Belarus conducted their first-ever Consular Dialogue in Minsk, marking a significant step in bilateral relations. The meeting focused on a wide range of consular issues, including the welfare of Indian students in Belarus and efforts to boost tourism between the two nations.

The Indian delegation was led by Dr. Aman Puri, Joint Secretary (Consular, Passport and Visa Division) while the Belarusian delegation was led by Andrei Kozhan, Head of General Directorate for Consular Affairs, Belarus’ Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said on Tuesday.

Both parties agreed to follow up on the discussions and review progress at the next edition of the dialogue, scheduled to take place in New Delhi at a mutually convenient date. The Indian delegation also met with senior officials from Belarus’ Ministry of Sports and Tourism and representatives of the Indian student community in Belarus.

This meeting follows recent statements by Belarusian Ambassador to India, Mikhail Kasko, expressing support for India’s “Make in India” and “Smart Cities” initiatives. Kasko highlighted ongoing collaboration in pharmaceutical production and Belarus’ readiness to support India’s industrial growth.

The dialogue represents a step forward in strengthening bilateral ties, which have been characterized by growing trade, constructive political dialogue, and increasing tourism. Both countries have expressed commitment to developing their relationship across various spheres of mutual interest.

(Inputs from ANI)

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