PM IN RUSSIA … PM Modi to hold summit with Putin, attend far east economic forum meet

VLADIVOSTOK: Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived here Wednesday on a two-day visit of Russia. He was given a rousing welcome at the airport, after which he inspected a ceremonial guard of honour. The Prime minister is scheduled to hold discussions with President Vladimir Putin and attend the Eastern Economic Forum as its chief guest. The visit here, in the far east region of Russia, is the first by an Indian PM.

Stated the PM:  “Landed in Vladivostok, capital of the Russian Far East and the crossroads of a dynamic region. Looking forward to joining various programmes in this short but important visit.”

The forum meet will be followed by a meeting with Putin, the 20th India-Russia Annual Summit. “I look forward to discussing with my friend President Putin the entire gamut of our bilateral partnership as well as regional and international issues of mutual interest,” the PM said before leaving New Delhi. “I also look forward to meeting other global leaders attending the Eastern Economic Forum, and interacting with Indian Industry and business representatives participating in it,” he added.

The forum focuses on development of business and investment opportunities in the Russian Far East Region, and presents enormous potential for developing close and mutually beneficial cooperation between India and Russia in the region, the PM said. –Agencies, IHN-NN


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