India and Ukraine have agreed to forge a comprehensive partnership and have identified areas for commercial ties, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh announced on Monday.

Addressing the media after a meeting with visiting Ukraine President Viktor Yanukovych, the Prime Minister said, “We have identified a number of areas such as fertilisers, pharmaceuticals, information technology, mining and heavy machinery for special attention.”

The Prime Minister also conveyed to Yanukovych, India’s interest in visa arrangements to facilitate travel by businessmen, professionals, students and people.

The two countries signed five documents during the visit, including an agreement on co-operation in defence. The agreement will provide the framework for expanding military technical co-operation on an institutionalised basis.

An agreement was also signed between the Atomic Energy Regulatory Board and the State Nuclear Regulatory Inspector of Ukraine for exchange of technical information and co-operation on nuclear safety and radiation protection.

The agreement envisages co-operation in some important regulatory activities including legislative regulations, safety guides and technical criteria on nuclear safety, design, construction, operation decommissioning of nuclear facilities waste management and environmental impact, among others.

ashwini.phadnis@thehindu.co.in

(This article was published on December 10, 2012)
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