Diplomatic Cooperation Current Affairs - 2019
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India and Panama have signed two agreements on exemption of Visas for holders of Diplomatic and Official Passports and in the field of Agriculture. These agreements were signed in the presence of Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu and President of Panama Juan Carlos Varela Rodrigues in Panama city. It was second leg of Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu’s his first official foreign visit to three countries Guatemala, Panama and Peru to strengthen India’s relations with them.
India and Panama always had cordial relations. These ties are based on our common values and shared commitment to democracy, pluralism, multi-culturalism, and the rule of law. During Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu’s visit, both countries resolve to combat terrorism in all its forms and manifestations. India will set up two centres for Biodiversity and Innovation in Panama worth US $10 million and US $15 million each. Both countries have agreed to boost cooperation in key areas by strengthening cooperation in tax information, economic cooperation, air services, traditional medicines, culture and space.
India and Guatemala have signed pact for strengthening diplomatic cooperation through Respective Foreign Service Institutes in educational field. The agreement was signed after meeting between Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu and his Guatemala counterpart, Jafeth Cabrera Franco in Guatemala City. Vice President M Venkaiah Naidu visit Guatemala as part of his first official foreign visit to three countries Guatemala, Panama and Peru to strengthen India’s relations with them.
Key Outcomes of meeting
Both countries agreed to support each other’s candidature for Non-Permanent Membership in United Nations Security Council (UNSC). Guatemala will support India’s candidature for UNSC membership for 2021-22 while New Delhi will do so for 2031-32 for Guatemala.
Indian side also agreed to Guatemala’s request for supplying solar panels to its airports. They also signed MoU for training of diplomats and Letter of Intent (LoI) for training Guatemalan English Teachers in India. These agreements will be valid for three years and will be extended thereafter, if required.
Guatemala is a country in Central America bordered by Mexico to north and west, Pacific Ocean to southwest, Belize to northeast, Caribbean to east, Honduras to east and El Salvador to southeast. It is the most populated state in Central America. Guatemala is largest and capital city of Guatemala. The diplomatic relations between India and Guatemala were established in 1972. Both nations were part of the Non-Aligned Movement.