New Delhi: Emine Dzhaparova, Ukraine’s first deputy minister of foreign affairs, will be on an official visit to India from April 9 to 12. During the visit, Dzhaparova will hold talks with Secretary (West) of the Ministry of External Affairs Sanjay Verma, where the two countries are expected to discuss bilateral relations, exchange views on the current situation in Ukraine and global issues of mutual interest.

Dzhaparova will also meet Minister of State for External Affairs and Culture Meenakshi Lekhi and meet Deputy National Security Advisor Vikram Misri, the MEA said. India shares cordial and friendly relations and multi-faceted cooperation with Ukraine.

In the last 30 years of establishing diplomatic relations, bilateral cooperation between the two countries has made significant progress in the areas of trade, education, culture and defence. This visit will be an opportunity to advance mutual understanding and interests.

During her visit, the minister is expected to seek humanitarian assistance and equipment to repair energy infrastructure damaged during the Russian invasion, the report said. She is also expected to invite Prime Minister Narendra Modi to visit Kiev, a media report said. Prime Minister Modi has spoken several times with Russian President Vladimir Putin as well as Ukrainian leader Zelensky since the war began.

India has publicly stated that diplomacy and dialogue are the only way to resolve the conflict. In a phone conversation with President Zelensky on October 4 last year, PM Modi said there can be “no military solution” and that India is ready to contribute to any peace efforts.

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