Deputy Prime Minister of Belgium to visit India
Belgian Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Foreign Affairs, Foreign Trade and European Affairs Didier Reynders is visiting India from August 1-5 and 8-12, said the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) on Tuesday.
Apart from New Delhi, Reynders is visiting Agra, Udaipur and Jaipur.
Reynders will discuss bilateral, regional and international issues of mutual interest with External Affairs Minister S.M. Krishna on 8 August in New Delhi.
Reynders has had meeting with Union Commerce Minister Anand Sharma, Railway Minister Mukul Roy and Dr. Karan Singh, President, Indian Council of Cultural Relations.
In Rajasthan, Reynders will meet state Governor Margaret Alva.
A Memorandum of Understanding was signed between Ministry of Railways, Government of India and the Ministry of Mobility of Kingdom of Belgium on 2 August.
India and Belgium enjoy warm and friendly relations. High level visits between the two sides have provided the much needed impetus to bilateral relations, particularly to economic interaction.
The economic content of the relationship between India and Belgium continues to grow.
In 2011, bilateral trade reached Euro 13.2 billion making Belgium the second largest trade partner for India in the goods sector within the EU.
Next year (2013) will be a significant year for India-Belgium relations as it coincides with Europalia - India festival to be held in Belgium, for which India has agreed to be the partner country.
A number of cultural activities are being planned for this event.