India, Russia agree to strengthen their strategic partnership

India and Russia yesterday agreed to further strengthen their Special and Privileged Strategic Partnership between the two countries.
At a meeting of the India-Russia Inter-Governmental Commission, co-chaired by External Affairs Sushma Swaraj and Russian Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Rogozin here yesterday, the two sides noted that they had made good progress in implementing the agreements that were signed during the last Summit meeting between the two countries in Goa in October 2016. 
"We agreed to work closely in the months ahead to take forward many of the collaborative ideas that emerged in diverse fields including security, nuclear, space, disaster management, trade and economy, science and technology and people-to-people linkages," Ms. Swaraj told mediapersons after the meeting.
She said the two sides also took stock of the preparations for the forthcoming 18th India-Russia Annual Summit to be held in St. Petersburg on June 1 between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Russian President Vladimir Putin. 
"As you know, relations with Russia are one of the most important pillars of India’s foreign policy. My meeting with Deputy Prime Minister Rogozin has taken place in the year that we are celebrating the 70th anniversary of establishment of diplomatic relations. The roadmap of events adopted at the last India-Russia Annual Summit is being enthusiastically implemented, and more than a 100 events are scheduled. I am particularly pleased that Ministries, Departments, PSUs, trade and industry associations, private sector, state and city governments are all coming forward to commemorate the occasion," she said.
Later, Mr. Rogozin also called on Mr. Modi, who noted with satisfaction the positive all-round progress in bilateral cooperation between India and Russia. 
He appreciated the frequent high-level exchanges between the two sides as both countries celebrate the 70th anniversary of establishment of diplomatic relations this year. 


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