New Delhi, October 3 (PTI) Colombian Foreign Minister Marta Lucia Ramirez met with senior officials from the Ministry of Science and Technology and ICMR and explored the possibility of co-production and transfer of technology in the development of vaccines and pharmaceuticals.
The Foreign Ministry (MEA) announced it on Sunday as Ramirez, who is also Colombia’s vice president, concluded a three-day visit to India.
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She held in-depth talks with Foreign Minister S Jaishankar on Saturday, during which they deliberated on further expanding bilateral ties.
Vice President Venkaiah Naidu met Ramirez on Friday and exchanged views on bilateral cooperation in many areas, EAJ said.
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âRamirez also had discussions with senior officials from the Ministry of Science and Technology as well as the Indian Council for Medical Research (ICMR) on exploring biotechnology cooperation, co-production and transfer of technology in the development of vaccines and pharmaceuticals, âhe said. in a report.
Later, two letters of intent for cooperation in the fields of biotechnology and medical research were signed by the Department of Biotechnology and the ICMR with their Colombian counterparts.
Prior to Ramirez’s arrival, a 48-member delegation led by Luiz Fernando Ruiz, Colombian Minister of Health and Welfare, visited Pune, Hyderabad and Bengaluru from September 27 to 30 and visited pharmaceutical companies. and Indian centers of excellence.
They also toured ISRO facilities and met with representatives from New Space India Limited (NSIL) and the Human Space Flight Center (HSFC), MEA said.
“Colombia is an important partner of India in Latin America and our bilateral relations have developed, especially in the economic and trade sphere despite the pandemic disruptions,” he said.
“Ramirez’s visit to India was preceded by the visit of Minister of State for Foreign Affairs Meenakashi Lekhi to Colombia from September 4 to 6. The visit will further contribute to the strengthening and diversification of bilateral India-Colombia relations,” he said. added the MEA.
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