‘Excellent talks’: Jaishankar, Russian counterpart Lavrov focus on methods to reinforce bilateral ties

Moscow, September 10

External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov have mentioned bilateral financial points, cooperation in nuclear and area sectors throughout their first in particular person assembly right here because the COVID-19 outbreak, a senior Indian official stated on Thursday.

Jaishankar and Lavrov met on Wednesday on the sidelines of the assembly of overseas ministers of the eight-member Shanghai Cooperation Organisation within the Russian capital.

Bilateral financial points, cooperation in growth of the Far East area of Russia, cooperation in nuclear and area sectors have been additionally mentioned, Spokesman of the Ministry of External Affairs Anurag Srivastava stated in a readout of the assembly between Jaishankar and Lavrov.    

The two ministers adopted up on outcomes of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s go to to Vladivostok for the fifth version of Eastern Economic Forum (EEF) which was held in September final 12 months, he stated on the on-line briefing.

The two ministers agreed to work intently within the UN Security Council throughout India’s forthcoming tenure as a Non-Permanent Member, Srivastava stated in New Delhi throughout an internet briefing.

In June, India was elected as a non-permanent member of the highly effective UN Security Council for a two-year time period, profitable 184 votes within the 193-member General Assembly. India will sit in essentially the most highly effective UN organ, for 2 years starting on January 1.

“Pleasure to meet FM Sergey Lavrov, this time in person. Excellent talks that reflect our Special and Privileged Strategic Partnership. Value our exchanges on the international situation,” Jaishankar tweeted on Wednesday after his talks with Lavrov.

On his half, Lavrov stated, “It is a very good, and almost forgotten, feeling to meet in person.”      

“We appreciate this opportunity to discuss prospects for developing our strategic partnership in all areas: bilateral relations and cooperation within the SCO, BRICS, the UN and via other international platforms,” he stated.

This was the primary bodily assembly between the 2 leaders after the COVID-19 scenario and there was glorious dialogue on bilateral issues, regional developments and worldwide problems with concern, Srivastava stated.

The SCO assembly couldn’t be held earlier because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

India and Russia have a particular and privileged strategic partnership and this 12 months marks the 20 years of their strategic partnership.

Last week, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh met along with his Russian counterpart Gen. Sergey Shoigu in Moscow throughout which he appreciated the “steadfast support” supplied by Russia in response to the nation’s defence and safety wants.

Singh, who was on a three-day go to to Russia to attend a vital assembly of the SCO, pressed for expediting provide of quite a lot of weapons programs, ammunition and spares to India by Russia underneath contracts which have been concluded earlier. PTI

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