NEW DELHI: Minister of State for External Affairs and Culture Meenakashi Lekhi urged for strong trade ties between India and Chile as she met government officials and business leaders to explore trade opportunities.
“Delighted to interact with the Chilean business delegation. Thank Mr Richard Von Appen, Prez of @SofofaChile for organising the meeting. Discussed our growing bilateral cooperation in trade & commerce, investment opportunities for Chilean companies & advantage of doing business with India,” Lekhi said in a tweet.
Lekhi was on a three-nation Latin America visit. During her state visit to Chile, she met the President of the India-Chile Parliamentary Friendship Group, Member of Parliament Ciccardini where the two sides exchanged ideas on women empowerment and child care with them.
Chile is India’s fifth trading partner in Latin America and the Caribbean region. The bilateral India-Chile total trade for the year 2021-22 was USD 2.35 bn, as compared to USD 1.47 bn in 2020-21. The visit will add fresh momentum to India-Chile relations under the new government of President Gabriel Boric Font.
“Visited the beautiful Parliament of Chile and witnessed a session of the Chilean parliament. Had a productive meeting with the Speaker of Chilean President of Chamber of Deputies Raul Soto Diputado. Discussed our growing bilateral relations & parliamentary cooperation between India & Chile,” Lekhi twitted.
Lekhi was on an eight-day official visit to Panama, Honduras and Chile from 28 April. She will conclude her visit on Thursday and return to India.