Interview with Ambassador of India: More Indians will come to Armenia
The Indian Independence Act came into force in 1947 and the country's first prime minister, Jawaharlal Nehru, raised country's first national flag of Independence in Delhi. The Independence Day in India is celebrated without taking into account national affiliation or denomination, and it symbolizes the aspiration for a democratic Indian unity. On this day, a flag raising ceremony is taking place in the presence of state officials and public figures in all the cities of the country. The 71st anniversary of the independence of India was also celebrated also at the Indian Embassy in Armenia with the ceremony of raising the national flag. "It is important for us that we have invited all Indians living in Armenia and friends of India to this events," Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of India to Armenia and Georgia Yogeshwar Sangwan told "A1 +." Armenia and India have established diplomatic relations since 1992, and these relationships, according to the ambassador, have always been wonderful. "Regardless of which government or president was the head of country, our relations with Armenia have been wonderful. The three former presidents of Armenia visited India and our two vice presidents were in Armenia. Vice President Hamid Ansari visited [Armenia] last April. We have wonderful political relations with Armenia, we support each other on the international platforms in the UN. During a recent meeting with Armenian Prime Minister Nikol Pashinyan, he personally reaffirmed that India is one of the five countries that Armenia will develop relations with. So, Armenian-Indian relations will continue to grow and develop," said the Indian Ambassador. He also noticed that at present, they concentrated on expanding trade, economic and cultural relations between Armenia and India. According to the Ambassador, most of the time try they to deepen business ties, and connections between the people. Prosperous Armenia Party (PAP) President Gagik Tsarukyan has recently invited about 100 Indian businessmen to Armenia during the meeting with the Indian Ambassador. According to Ambassador, this process is going on and will continue. To remind, since November 21, 2017, Armenia has simplified the process of granting visas to Indian citizens. The positive shift is already visible. "It's not a problem for Armenians as well to go to India. They can come to the embassy and get a visa on the spot, as well as receive an e-visa. Now, as a result of this process between the two countries, people will come to Armenia more, tourism will develop, more businessmen and Bollywood producers will come because Armenia is a beautiful country. Recently Air Arabia Company invited famous Hollywood actress Huma Qureshi and her brother to Armenia. He was also a famous Bollywood director who thinks about filming in Armenia. So, the interest towards Armenia has been growing," said the Ambassador. By the way, an agreement was reached between the heads of India's Harian province and the Shirak province of Armenia last year to expand cooperation, especially in the spheres of culture and sport. The Indian ambassador welcomed the initiative. "The idea is good, I think it will develop business ties between Harian and Shirak, and connections between the people."