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India-Uruguay Bilateral Relations

Political Relations

The Embassy of India in Buenos Aires, Argentina, is concurrently accredited to Uruguay. Diplomatic relations between India and Uruguay were established in 1960. Relations between India and Uruguay are cordial and friendly. Mr. Rubén Azar was appointed as India’s Honorary Consul in Uruguay in 2009. Apart from the Embassy in New Delhi, Uruguay has an Honorary Consulate in Mumbai. The Embassy of Uruguay in India is concurrently accredited to Sri Lanka.

 2.        Three rounds of Foreign Office Consultations have been held between the two countries. The latest round was held in April 2014 in Montevideo.

Bilateral Visits.

3.         Smt. Maneka Sanjay Gandhi, Minister of Women and Child Development visited Uruguay and called on the Vice President of Uruguay, Ms. Lucia Topolansky on 16 November 2017. During the meeting, she discussed, among other things, the candidature of India’s Justice Dalveer Bhandari to the International Court of Justice (ICJ).

4.         Foreign Minister of Uruguay, Mr. Rodolfo Nin Novoa visited India on 8-9 October 2015 with a commercial delegation to participate in the India-LAC Conclave. He met External Affairs Minister and also held discussions with Commerce and Industry Minister to promote bilateral trade, tourism and economic co-operation.

5.         Shri Dinkar Khullar, then Secretary (West), Ministry of External Affairs visited Uruguay for the 3rd Round of Foreign Office Consultations and held bilateral meetings with Uruguay´s Acting Foreign Minister, Mr.Luis Porto in Montevideo on 11 April 2014.

6.         In February 2013, during the visit of Minister of Steel, Shri Beni Prasad Verma accompanied by a delegation from National Mineral Development Corporation (NMDC), a Letter of Intent was signed by Mr. D R S Chaudhary, Secretary (Steel), and Mr. Roberto Kreimerman, Minister of Industry, Energy and Mining of Uruguay to explore and encourage investment opportunities in the iron and steel sector and to facilitate exchange of technical know-how in the field of raw materials used in the sector.

7.         In January 2012, Smt Meira Kumar, Speaker of the Lok Sabha led an Indian Parliamentary Delegation to Uruguay. In February 2011, the Vice President of Uruguay, Mr. Danilo Astori visited India .Other important visits are as below:

Visits from Uruguay to India

1999               Dr. Hugo Fernandez Faingold, Vice President

2004               Mr. William Ehlers, Vice Foreign Minister

2010               Uruguayan Parliamentary Delegation

Visits from India to Uruguay

1968               Smt. Indira Gandhi, Prime Minister

2002               Shri Digvijay Singh, Minister of State for External Affairs

2008               Shri Anand Sharma, Minister of State for External Affairs

2011               Shri Jyotiraditya Scindia, Minister of State for Commerce

Agreements and MoUs between India and Uruguay

8. The following agreements and MoUs have been signed by India and Uruguay

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MOU/Agreement

Date of Signing

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Agreement on Exemption of Visa for holders of Diplomatic and Official passports

1994

2      

MOU on Foreign Office Consultation

1999

3

Agreement on Long-term Visas for Businessmen

1999

4

Agreement between the Uruguayan Diplomatic Academy and the Foreign Service Institute of India

1999

5     

MOU on Establishing a Joint Commission

January 2007

6      

Bilateral Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement (BIPPA)

February 2008

7     

Agreement for Cooperation in Renewable Energy

2011

8       

Agreement for the Avoidance of Double Taxation

September 2011

9    

The Union Cabinet of India approved signing and ratification of an Agreement between India and Uruguay regarding Cooperation and Mutual Assistance in Customs Matters.(Yet to be signed)

January 2017

 

Technical Co-operation and Training.

8.         India extends ITEC scholarships to working professionals from Uruguay every year. Uruguayan diplomats attend training courses at the Foreign Service Institute of India from time to time. In 2017-18, 5 ITEC slots were allotted to Uruguay, but 6 were utilized (One Argentine unutilized ITEC slot was allotted to Uruguay with Ministry´s approval). 

Support in Multilateral Fora.

9.         India and Uruguay support each other on major international issues. Uruguay supports India´s candidature to various UN and multilateral bodies.

Cultural Relations

11.       Yoga and meditation are popular in Uruguay. There are several hundred followers of Sai Baba, Hare Krishna and other spiritual groups. The third International Day of Yoga was celebrated on 25 June 2017. A seven-member Kuttiyattam troupe led by Mr. Sooraj Nambiar of SNA Kuttiyattam Kendra visited Argentina from 25 February- 5 March 2018. The troupe gave performances in Montevideo, Uruguay on 1 March 2018. An Odissi performance was organized in Montevideo in March 2015. A mini-Festival of India was organized in Montevideo in 2009. Diego Forlan, one of the most famous football player of Uruguay visited Kolkata for a TV show in July 2010. In February 2011, the Uruguayan postal department issued a stamp to commemorate the 150 birth anniversary of Rabindranath Tagore.

Indian Community

12.       There are approximately 530 Indians living in Uruguay, out of which roughly 500 are NRIs, most of whom are employees of TCS and reside in Montevideo. There are also some Indians from the Gujarati and Sindhi communities who are mainly importers and run retail outlets of Indian textiles and handicrafts.

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November  2018