New Delhi: Union Minister of State (MoS) for External Affairs and Culture Meenakshi Lekhi is scheduled to visit Belgrade from October 10-13 as a special envoy of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Non-Aligned Movement (NAM)
On the sidelines of the Non-Aligned Movement meeting, Minister Lekhi is also expected to attend a meeting of women heads of delegations and foreign ministers to the UN Assembly in Belgrade being hosted by the President of the 76th UN General Assembly.
The 60th anniversary of the NAM Commemorative Meeting is being co-hosted jointly by President of Serbia Aleksandar Vucic and NAM President Aliyev of Azerbaijan, the Foreign Ministry said in a statement.
During the visit, the MoS will hold bilateral discussions with Branislav Nedimovic, who is Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Agriculture, Nebojsa Stefanovic, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Defence, Maja Gojkovic, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Culture and Information, and Tatjana Matic. The Minister of Trade, Tourism and Telecommunications is said in the statement.
The first NAM conference was held in Belgrade in 1961 and provides an opportunity to reflect on how the movement can more effectively respond to complex global challenges, based on its founding principles of mutual respect, solidarity and cooperation. directed by.
India and Serbia have historically had close and friendly relations. A Bilateral Cultural Exchange Program (CEP) will also be signed during the visit to further strengthen cooperation in the field of culture and arts. The MoS will deliver a lecture on ‘The Structure of the Judiciary in India’ at the Faculty of Law of the University of Belgrade, the statement said.
During the visit, Lekhi will also formally unveil the statue of Gurudev Rabindranath Tagore in Belgrade. In addition, she will interact with members of the Indian community and friends from India, and will also visit Matika Srpska, the oldest Serbian literary, cultural and scientific society, and discuss ways of greater collaboration with institutions in India.