Belarus President to arrive today

From our ANI Correspondent

New Delhi, Apr 15: Belarus President Alexander Lukashenko will arrive here on a two-day state visit tonight.

During his visit, Lukashenko will review bilateral relations and discuss issues of international and mutual interest.

Several bilateral agreements are expected to be signed in the areas of science and technology, agriculture and extradition. A bilateral protocol on the accession of Belarus to the WTO is also expected to be signed during the visit.

Lukashenko will be accompanied by a high level delegation consisting of Minister of Foreign Affairs Sergei Martynov, Minister of Interior Vladimir Naumov, Minister of Industry Anatoly Rusetsky, Minister of Justice Viktor Golovanov, Minister of Taxation Anna Deiko, Chairman of State Military and Industrial Committee Nikolai Azamatov, Chairman of State Committee for Science and Technology Vladimir Matyushkov and National Security Advisor Victor Lukashenko.

Lukashenko is expected to meet President Dr. A P J Abdul Kalam, Vice President Bhairon Singh Shekhawat and Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh.

The focus of his discussions will be to boost scientific and technological cooperation between the two countries.

India and Belarus are celebrating the 15th anniversary of the establishment of diplomatic relations, after they were established in 1992. India was one of the first countries to recognise Belarus as an independent country after the break up of the Soviet Union in 1991.

Belarus has been supportive of India's candidature for a permanent seat in an expanded United Nations Security Council.

Lukashenko had earlier paid a state visit to India in 1997.