The Union Cabinet on 12 September 2017 approved the signing of a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) between India and Armenia on cooperation in the field of disaster management. The cabinet was chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Main Highlights of the MoU
• The agreement would enhance cooperation between the two nations in the field of Disaster Management and would contribute to the well-being and safety of the people of both the countries in the event of a disaster.
• The pact would also result in exchange of information in the relevant fields of disaster management that is of mutual interest.
• The agreement further seeks to create a system, by which both India and Armenia will be able to benefit from the disaster management mechanisms of the other country and will help in strengthening the areas of preparedness, response and capacity building.
India & Armenia Relations
• India recognized Armenia as an independent nation on 26 December 1991, three months after it declared independence from the Soviet Union.
• The diplomatic relations between the two nations were established in August 1992.
• India opened its Embassy in Yerevan on 1 March 1999.
• Armenia, which had opened an Honorary Consulate in April 1994, established its Embassy in New Delhi in October 1999.
• Two Armenian Presidents Levon Ter-Petrosvan and Robert Kocharyan have visited India previously, in the years 1995 and 2003 respectively.
Who: The Union Cabinet