President Pranab Mukherjee on Wednesday said that India and Belarus are the inheritors of a glorious philosophical and intellectual tradition.
“India and Belarus relations have a history of friendly and mutually enriching interactions. As I had mentioned to you during our talks, India’s national poet Rabindranath Tagore had visited Minsk in 1931. He had very intense and fruitful discussions with leading intellectuals of your country on international and topical issues of the day. India and Belarus are the inheritors of this glorious philosophical and intellectual tradition,” said Pranab Mukherjee.
“Since your emergence as an independent nation in 1991, India and Belarus have successfully developed our relationship based on friendship and mutual benefit. Our ties today cut across practically all sectors, ranging from trade and economic cooperation, defence, science and technology and cultural and people to people exchanges,” he said.
“We also share common approaches to international issues. Our cooperation in the United Nations and other multilateral fora, including in the Non-Aligned Movement has been close and fruitful. This should continue. India deeply appreciates Belarus’ unequivocal endorsement of India’s rightful claim to permanent membership of the United Nations Security Council. We are also delighted that Belarus fully supported India’s proposal to declare June 21 as International Day of Yoga in the United Nations General Assembly. India has and always will appreciate Belarus’ approach on issues of concern to it within the framework of international organisations,” he added.
He further said that he was confident that the discussions and events being held on his visit would take India-Belarus relations to even greater heights.
“We have had the pleasure of receiving you twice in India as the President of Belarus, in 1997 and in 2007. Your successful visits have contributed enormously in elevating our relations to a higher trajectory and in enhancing the quality of our dialogue,” Pranab Mukherjee said.
“I am confident that our discussions today, and the various events being held in conjunction with my visit, would take India-Belarus relations to even greater heights. Let me reiterate that India remains fully committed to a deeper and more diversified relationship with Belarus,” he said.
“Even as we look back with satisfaction at the road we have traversed in building relations between our countries, we also recognise the need to re-dedicate ourselves to a further enhancement and deepening of our ties. We both agree that there is enormous untapped potential in our relationship,” he added.