India, Armenia sign 3 agreements on use of outer space & cultural cooperation

India and Armenia on 26 April signed three agreements after Vice President Hamid Ansari held a bilateral meeting with Armenian Prime Minister Karen Karapetyan in Yerevan. The agreements were signed after Vice President Hamid Ansari held talks with the top leadership of Armenia including President Serzh Sargsyan, Prime Minister Karen Karapetyan and Foreign Minister Eduard Nalbandian. The two countries signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) on peaceful uses of outer space, another MoU on cooperation in youth matters and a programme of cultural cooperation for the years 2017-2020.The two sides stressed that there cannot be double speak on the issue of terrorism.

During the talks, Ansari stressed that there cannot be bad or good terrorism. The two sides acknowledged that there cannot be double standard on terrorism and the international community should speak in one voice against the menace. Armenia stressed that how it had voluntarily supported India in international forums including the United Nations. MEA Secretary (East) Preeti Saran said that the two countries are celebrating the 25th anniversary of their diplomatic ties and the Vice President’s visit starts a new chapter in their relationship. They also agreed to liberalise the visa regime issue to improve people-to-people contact. Both the sides also agreed to enhance cooperation in the agricultural sector and a joint working group will meet soon to finalise the broader outline. They also agreed to enhance space cooperation in which satellite, remote sensing data matters, training of scientists are important aspects. India will help Armenia in this sector. The two countries also agreed to enhance cooperation in the broadcasting and film sector especially Bollywood.

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