75 years of Indo-Belgian diplomatic ties

On February 25, 2022, a special logo was unveiled to commemorate 75 years of diplomatic relations between India and Belgium.

Highlights

  • Belgium was among first European countries to set up a bilateral relation with India
  • The logo was released by Belgian ambassador in India Francois Delhaye and Sandeep Chakravorty who is the Joint Secretary and Head of Europe West Division, Ministry of External Affairs (MEA).

The logo is a peacock, India’s national bird. National flags of both the national, have also been symbolised on either side of peacock.

Background

The decision to establish diplomatic relations between India and Belgian was taken in January 1947, after Jawaharlal Nehru sent V K Krishna Menon to Brussels to talk with Belgian authorities. Belgian government decided to establish diplomatic relations with India and open its embassy in Delhi in March 1947, five months before India’s independence. Since the establishment of diplomatic relations, multiple high-level visits have taken place between both the nations.

India-Belgium relations

India’s opened its Embassy in Brussels in 1948 while, Belgium had opened its embassy in New Delhi in 1947. Its current complex was built in 1984 and was designed by Satish Gujral. Belgium is one of India’s largest trading partners. Both the countries share a common value of “democracy, pluralism and rule of law”. Belgium has supported the G4 nations.

Trade Relations

India and Belgium share a strong trading links. India is the second largest importer of and fifth largest exporter to Belgian products. There are several Indian diamond merchants from Rajasthan and Gujarat in Antwerp.

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