13 September 201819:34

Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s opening remarks at a meeting with Minister of External Affairs of India Sushma Swaraj, Moscow, September 13, 2018


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Ms Minister, Esteemed Sushma,

We are happy that your stay in Moscow begins with our meeting. Tomorrow your day will be fully occupied with sessions of the Intergovernmental Russian-Indian Commission on Trade, Economic, Scientific, Technical and Cultural Cooperation that you head together with Deputy Prime Minister of Russia Yury Borisov.

Today we can exchange views on the development of our foreign policy dialogue. This is a very important component of our privileged strategic partnership. We will review the progress that has been made on implementing the agreements reached during Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit to Sochi last May and during the July meeting of our leaders on the sidelines of the BRICS summit in Johannesburg. We will also discuss our preparations for new summit meetings.

We very much appreciate our relations, our cooperation and coordination of actions in the international arena, including at the UN, BRICS and the SCO, to name a few. Considering the growing importance of the Asia-Pacific Region, it is important for us to know how our Indian friends assess events there, especially recent developments.

Again, welcome!

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