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India and Guatemala start negotiations for Partial Scope Agreement

October 22, 2014

PRENSA LIBRE / by Geovanni Contreras

​ Guatemala and India will start negotiations for a Partial Scope Agreement that may include areas like commerce, economy or agriculture. Since these agreements are flexible they may be adapted to almost any issue.

The Foreign Ministers of Guatemala and India, Carlos Raúl Morales and Sushma Swaraj, held a bilateral meeting on Wednesday, October 2015 in India in which they reviewed the Partial Scope Agreement as well as other five agreements. The Guatemalan Embassy in India was also inaugurated on the same date.

The Guatemalan delegation was led by Morales and it also included Minister of Economy, Sergio de la Torre and eight businessmen that participated in an investment conclave from 16-17 October.

Foreign Minister Morales said that the other agreements, in addition to the negotiations of the Partial Scope Agreement, would be finalized and signed in Guatemala along with another Agreement on Reciprocal Protection of Investments. Swaraj also offered to increase the amount of scholarships slots for Guatemalans.

Morales informed that ¨the Indian Foreign Minister will make an official visit to Guatemala in March 2015, accompanied by an Indian business delegation, and we will take the opportunity to hold a meeting of the India-SICA Political Dialogue to which all Foreign Ministers of Central America will be invited¨.

During this opportunity, they will sign in Guatemala an Agreement on Exemption of the Requirement of Visa to Holders of Diplomatic and Official Passports and Swaraj offered USD 200 thousand as disaster relief to deal with the ongoing droughts that have affected families in Guatemala.

The Foreign Minister participated as keynote speaker in a conference at the Aspen Research Center of India and addressed the issue of Reforms to the Global Drug Policy.

(The above article is an English Translation of the Spanish article originally published in the Guatemalan Newspaper Prensa Libre )


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