New Delhi, October 6: External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj today welcomed the Foreign Minister of Ukraine, Pavlo Klimkin, at the Jawaharlal Nehru Bhawan. The Ukrainian Minister, who is on a 3-day official visit to India, aims at restoring the bilateral dialogue and cooperation between India and Ukrainian.
“Both sides agreed to strengthen bilateral ties in diverse sectors such as trade and investment, military technical and space, cultural and consular, and, people to people. They agreed to draw roadmap during the next meeting of inter-governmental commission meeting scheduled in Kyiv to enhance economic and commercial relations,” statement added.
Also, EAM Sushma Swaraj invited Ukraine to participate as a partner country in India Pharma 2018 exhibition in Bengaluru in February 2018. Both sides particularly noted the positive trend in filming of Indian films in Ukraine which would also augur well for promotion of tourism between the two countries.
Meanwhile, Foreign Minister Klimkin welcomed Indian proposal to cooperate in traditional medicine and establish AYUSH academic chair in a Ukrainian University. Earlier, FM Klimkin had visited Agra and is scheduled to visit Jaipur.
India’s bilateral trade turnover was US$ 2.01 billion in 2015-16 (India’s exports were USD 260 million and imports were USD 1750 million). The FDI from Ukraine to India was USD 1.12 million as on February 2013. Pharmaceuticals account for majority of Indian exports to Ukraine.
Bilateral relations between India and Ukraine were intensified. The MOUs signed between India and Ukraine include agreements on Protocol on Establishment of Diplomatic Relations, Agreement on Culture, Arts, Education, Tourism, Sports, Mass Media Cooperation, Agreement on Trade and Economic Cooperation, Framework Agreement on Cooperation in the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space, Merchant Shipping Agreement, Assistance on Mutual Legal Assistance in Criminal Matters, Agreement on Cooperation in the field of Tourism, Memorandum of Understanding in the field of Standardization, Metrology, Conformity Assessment and Quality, Avoidance of Double Taxation, Promotion and Protection of Investments, Air Service Agreement, Extradition Treaty, Cooperation in Science and Technology, Foreign Office Consultation, Visa Free Travel by the holders of Diplomatic Passports.