Russian Deputy PM Yury Trutnev pays five-day visit to India

Russian Deputy Prime Minister Yury Trutnev, who is also the Presidential Plenipotentiary Envoy to the Far Eastern Federal District, paid a five-day visit from January 15-19 at the head of a high-level delegation.
The visit was undertaken to help both sides prepare ground for the visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Vladivostok in early September to participate in the 5th edition of the Eastern Economic Forum as the chief guest of the event, a press release from the Ministry of External Affairs said here on Wednesday.
The visit also provided an opportunity to explore bilateral cooperation in the sectors of Diamond-processing, Petroleum and Natural Gas, Coal and mining, Agro-processing and Tourism which have been identified as the priority areas for development in the Russian Far East. 
Both sides agreed to work together to promote their bilateral economic engagement in the Russian Far East, the release said.
The delegation included senior officials from the Russian Ministry for Far East Development, Far East Investment and Export Agency, representatives of Russian regions, industry representatives and academia.
Among his official engagements in New Delhi, Trutnev held meetings with National Security Adviser Ajit Doval, External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and Petroleum & Natural Gas Minister Dharmendra Pradhan. He also had an interaction with NITI Aayog Vice-Chairman Rajiv Kumar.
Trutnev also attended a round-table discussion involving representatives of leading Indian universities to foster closer partnership between Indian and Russian Far Eastern Universities in the field of science and education.
The Russian Deputy Prime Minister also travelled to Mumbai where he interacted with prominent Indian industry representatives and had meetings with Indian companies having business interests in the Russian Far East.
Trutnev had earlier visited India in March 2017.

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