New Delhi, September 12: Strengthening bilateral ties between India and Belarus, a number of Memorandums of Understanding were exchanged in the presence of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko. Welcoming Lukashenko, Modi said, “His visit marks 25 years of diplomatic relations between India and Belarus.”

“We reviewed architecture of India-Belarus partnership and exchanged ideas to expand it. We will encourage joint development and manufacturing in defence sector under the ‘Make in India’ program,” Modi said.

Earlier in the day, Lukashenko was given a ceremonial welcome at the forecourt of the Rashtrapati Bhawan.

A business forum and parallel meetings organised for the members of the large delegation accompanying Lukashenko would also explore business opportunities and cooperation avenues.

Lukashenko who arrived in New Delhi on Monday night, during his two-day visit met President Ram Nath Kovind, Vice President Venkaiah Naidu and External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj today.

Lukashenko’s visit is significant as it taking place in a year when Belarus and India are celebrating 25th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations.

With inputs from ANI