New Delhi: The First Deputy Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine, H.E. Ms Emine Dzhaparova visited New Delhi from 10- 12 April 2023. This was her first official visit to India.
During the visit, Ms. Dzhaparova held bilateral talks with Shri Sanjay Verma, Secretary (West), MEA. Bilateral agenda included – spheres such as economic, defence, humanitarian assistance, and global issues of mutual interest. She briefed Secretary (West) about the prevailing situation in Ukraine. The two sides agreed to hold the next round of Foreign Office Consultations in Kyiv on a mutually convenient date.
On the issue of Indian medical students, the Deputy FM mentioned that Ukraine will allow foreign medical students to take the Unified State Qualification Exam in their country of domicile.
The Ukrainian Deputy FM also proposed that rebuilding infrastructure in Ukraine could be an opportunity for Indian companies. Secretary (West) shared that India has provided medicines, medical equipments and would provide school buses etc. to Ukraine.
Ms. Dzhaparova also called on Minister of State for External Affairs and Culture, Smt Meenakshi Lekhi. Besides holding discussion on a wide range of bilateral and international issues of mutual interest, she handed over a letter from President Zelenskyy, addressed to Prime Minister Modi. Ukrainian request for additional humanitarian supply, including medicines and medical equipments was also shared by her. It was agreed that the next Inter-Governmental Commission between the two countries would be held in India on a mutually convenient date.
Ms. Dzhaparova visited the Manohar Parrikar – Institute of Defence Studies, and also delivered a talk at the Indian Council of World Affairs.
Ms Dzhaparova, during her visit, highlighted Ukraine’s desire to build a stronger and closer relationship with India. Ms. Dzhaparova’s visit to India would facilitate cooperation between the two countries.