The parties touched upon issues related to trade and economic cooperation, education and medicine.
Thursday, September 24, Prime Minister of Ukraine Denys Shmyhal met Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of India to Ukraine H.E. Mr. Partha Satpathy. The Head of Government dwelled on that efforts should be made to resume a full-scale bilateral dialogue, and Ukraine stands ready to intensify it at all levels.
According to the PM, Intergovernmental Ukraine-India Commission on Trade, Economic, Scientific, Technical, Industrial and Cultural Cooperation is an overriding part of economic development. "We are ready to work with Indian partners to hold the seventh meeting of the Commission online or immediately after the normalization of the pandemic situation," said Denys Shmyhal.
The Head of Government placed a special emphasis on the potential for trade and economic cooperation between Ukraine and India, which needs to be developed. According to the PM, in particular, cooperation in the aviation and space spheres is promising.
"We have recently established the Ministry for Strategic Industries, which works comprehensively with the aerospace industry and the military defense industry. We are interested in developing cooperation in a number of areas in the field of science and technology, as well as in the exchange of experience and best practices in this field, "said the Prime Minister.
Denys Shmyhal stressed that India remains one of Ukraine's main trading partners in the agro-industrial complex. "Following the results of last year, India ranked second place among the importers of Ukrainian agricultural products. Therefore, we are keen on further cooperation in the agricultural sector in order to increase exports of agricultural and food products to India," the Prime Minister underscored.
During the meeting, the Prime Minister and Mr. Ambassador Partha Satpathy tackled the issues concerning the education of Indian students in Ukraine. The Head of Government noted that since 1957, students from India have been receiving higher education in Ukraine. At present, almost 19,000 Indian students have received higher education in Ukraine. "This is a great potential for both countries. For our part, together with the Ministry of Education and Science, we will take steps to ensure favorable conditions for the education of Indian students in Ukraine," stressed Denys Shmyhal.
The Prime Minister called on the Indian side not to recognize diplomas received in the temporarily occupied territory of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea.
Apart from that, Denys Shmyhal noted that there are currently six Ukrainians in Indian hospitals awaiting transplant operations under the state program and urged the Indian side to facilitate their treatment as soon as possible. "This issue is under the control of the President, the Government, the Verkhovna Rada and the entire Ukrainian public," the Prime Minister underscored.
Within the course of the meeting, Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal invited Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi to pay an official visit to Kyiv.