Foreign Secretary visits Russia, discusses matters of mutual interest

During the visit to Moscow, 1-2 April 2019, Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale met Deputy Foreign Minister of Russia, Igor Morgulov for Foreign Office Consultations. The discussions reviewed the implementation of the decisions of the 19th Annual Bilateral Summit between Prime Minister Modi and President Putin in New Delhi in October last year. Both sides also discussed preparations for the forthcoming high-level meetings, including India’s participation in the Eastern Economic Forum in Vladivostok in September this year.

During discussions with DFM Igor Morgulov, the talks covered preparations for the next Bilateral Summit, cooperation in the formats of SCO, RIC and other bodies. There were wide-ranging discussions on evolving situation in Afghanistan, a press note by the Government of India said.

Foreign Secretary also met DFM Sergey Ryabkov.

Discussions covered regional and international issues including those relating to disarmament and non-proliferation, and cooperation between India and Russia at various multilateral fora.

Foreign Secretary called on Deputy Prime Minister and Plenipotentiary Representative of the President of the Russian Far East Federal District, Yury Trutnev.

A press release expressed satisfaction of India on the meet and noted that the ‘Foreign Secretary’s meetings were in-depth and productive, characteristic of the Special & Privileged Strategic Partnership between India and Russia. The meetings resulted in enhanced mutual convergence and coordination of views on all major regional and international issues in the spirit of long standing and time-tested friendship between India and Russia.’

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