Meenakashi Lekhi’s visit to Serbia will give new impetus to bilateral relations: MEA

New Delhi [India], Oct. 15 (ANI): The two-day visit of Minister of State for Foreign Affairs (MoS) Meenakashi Lekhi to Serbia will give new impetus to the close and friendly relations between the two countries, the Foreign Ministry said on Thursday ( MEA).

MoS Lekhi led the Indian delegation as the Prime Minister’s special envoy to the high-level commemorative meeting to mark the 60th anniversary of the Non-Aligned Movement held in Belgrade on October 11-12.

“The visit gave new impetus to the close and friendly relations between India and Serbia. The two sides agreed on the expansion and diversification of the partnership between the two countries,” MEA said in a statement.

In his address to the plenary session of the Conference, the MoS called on NAM members to ensure the continued relevance and influence of NAM on global outcomes. She stressed the need for NAM to focus on fundamental contemporary issues such as climate change, terrorism and the fight against the Covid19 pandemic.

The Ministry of Health highlighted India’s contributions through the provision of more than 70 million doses of vaccines to 93 countries, as a manifestation of its continued commitment to meet the needs of countries in the South.

On the sidelines of the high-level meeting of NAM, the minister also held a bilateral meeting with General Jeje Odongo, Minister of Foreign Affairs of Uganda, and discussed ways to further strengthen and revitalize NAM under the presidency. coming from Uganda from 2023, according to the ministry. of External Affairs (AEM).

Serbian First Lady Tamara Vucic joined MoS in a yoga master class with Serbian yoga teachers and practitioners.

The MoS addressed the teaching staff and students of the Faculty of Law of the University of Belgrade. She also interacted with a select group of indologists and indophiles during a luncheon.

She visited Matica Srpska, a historical cultural institution, where she received Serbian translations of ancient Indian texts. The Ministry of Defense paid tribute to the monuments erected in honor of Mahatma Gandhi and Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore. (ANI)

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