19.03.2024: President Lukashenko likely to visit India, Maharashtra

    Publish Date: March 19, 2024

    President Lukashenko likely to visit India, Maharashtra

    Belarus keen to develop Sister City collaboration between Brest Region and Maharashtra : Aliaksandra Matsukou

    The Republic of Belarus is keen to foster trade, business, tourism and cultural relations with India and is particularly keen on sister city collaboration between the Brest Region of Belarus and Maharashtra.

    This was stated by the newly appointed Consul General of Belarus in Mumbai Aliaksandra Matsukou during his meeting with Maharashtra Governor Ramesh Bais at Raj Bhavan Mumbai on Tue (19 Mar).

    Matsukou, who is the first full time Consul General appointed by Belarus in Mumbai told the Governor that Foreign Minister of Belarus had a meeting with Minister of External Affairs S Jaishankar in New Delhi during which the framework of regional cooperation was discussed.

    The Consul General told the Governor that the President of Belarus Alexander Lukashenko is very keen to develop strong relations with India. He said the Belarus President intends to visit India, during which he will also visit Maharashtra.

    The Consul General told the Governor that Belarus had very strong relations with India when his country was part of the Soviet Union. He told the Governor that the country is keen to restore strong relations with India once again.

    The Consul General told the Governor that Belarus, an Eastern European nation, intends to act as a bridge between the European Union and Russian Federation. He said the Internal Ministry of Belarus is keen to offer expertise to Mumbai in traffic management. He said in order to strengthen humanitarian relations, the Government of Belarus will take 30 children from an orphanage near Pune to Belarus for an excursion.

    Mentioning of his recent visit to Tadoba tiger reserve and the botanical garden in Chandrapur, he applauded the efforts of India in environment conservation.

    The Consul General told the Governor that Indian culture, especially Indian music, dance, yoga and films are very popular in Belarus. He said the country will be organizing its Cultural Day in New Delhi and Mumbai.

    Welcoming the Consul General of Belarus to Maharashtra, Governor Bais said he will be happy to see academic collaboration, especially student-exchange, faculty exchange and cultural exchange between the universities in Maharashtra and Belarus.

    He expressed the hope that the opening of direct flights between New Delhi and Minsk will promote two way tourism.