Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao on Russia visit
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Last Updated: Monday, August 02, 2010, 20:58
Moscow: Bilateral issues, nuclear commerce, international security and the situation in Afghanistan figured prominently during the discussions Foreign Secretary Nirupama Rao had with Russian First Deputy Foreign Minister Andrei Denisov on Monday.

Rao, who arrived here on a three-day visit for regular consultations, met Densiov and discussed issues of bilateral interest.

Rao's visit assumes significance as it comes just weeks after the International Conference on Afghanistan in Kabul, where both India and Russia opposed the involvement of Taliban in the Afghan political process.

Ahead of the Kabul meet, Russia had clearly echoed India's view that "there is no good or bad Taliban".

It is presumed that Rao was also briefed on President Dmitry Medvedev's plans to hold a trilateral summit later this month with Pakistani President Asif Ali Zardari and Afghan leader Hamid Karzai.

Rao and Denisov discussed international problems and ways to further advance the bilateral Indo-Russian strategic cooperation in the light of the decisions taken at the Moscow summit on December 7, 2009, an official statement said.

"The two sides stated the proximity of approaches of their nations on key international issues and reaffirmed their mutual intention to sustain regular bilateral contacts.

“They also agreed to jointly work in the international organisations and multi-lateral fora in the interest of global security and stability, effective response to the new challenges and threats and in the formation of a multi-polar world and a just economic order," the statement said.

No other details were immediately available about Rao's parleys in Moscow.


First Published: Monday, August 02, 2010, 20:58

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