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India to propose to Ukraine to ease visa rules during Yanukovych's visit

Posted on Dec 06, 09:00PM | UNI

India will be proposing a visa simplification agreement with Ukraine when President of the Central Asian nation Viktor Yanukovych pays a state visit to India from December 9 to 12.

The issue of the difficulties faced by Indian businessmen and tourist in getting visa to visit the Central Asian nation had been figuring prominently in the talks between the two countries.

"We feel it is a barrier to bilateral trade and economic relations," Joint Secretary Eurasia Ajay Bisari said here while answering questions at a media briefing about the Ukranian President's visit.

It takes up to seven weeks for obtaining visa to visit the country due to which businessmen in India have difficulty in fixing their schedulle for participating in trade events and for business engagements.

About four to five agreements are expected to be signed during the visit, Mr Bisaria said.

Accompanied by a large official and business delegation, the Ukrainian President will hold talks with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh here. He will also visit Bangalore and Agra.

India and Ukraine have a healthy cooperation in defence. In 2009, the two countries had signed an agreement under which Ukranian agency Antonov is modernising 40 aircraft in Ukraine and another 65 at the Indian air force base in Kanpur.

The multi-faceted cooperation between the two countries covers a wide range of other areas, including political, science and technology, nuclear, space, economic and trade and others.

The bilateral trade turnover has increased from 138.62 million dollars in 1992 to 2,865.45 million dollars in 2011-12.

There was further scope of this trade if restrictions on the travel of business people and tourists were eased, Mr Bisaria said.