Manmohan Singh arrives in Moscow, stresses on cooperation with Russia for peace

Moscow, Oct. 20 (ANI): The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, arrived in Moscow on Sunday on a two-day official visit to Russia, and said that the two countries would not only brainstorm measures for enhancement of cooperation between them, but would also discuss how to keep the world safe for peace and prosperity.

"India and Russia share a privileged (and) special partnership. This is the 14th Summit that is taking place. We are going to review our partnership and its progress in diverse fields such as the atomic energy, defence cooperation, space cooperation, science and technology and trade and investment," Dr. Singh said on his arrival here today.

"Also, the view of key international and regional developments and how they impact the two countries, how we can work together to keep the world safe for peace and prosperity," Dr. Singh added.

Dr. Singh would be meeting Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow on Monday for robust discussions to boost the strategic relationship between the two countries. Dr. Singh will be conferred with an Honorary Doctorate by the Moscow State Institute of International Relations (MGIMO) the same day.

In a statement prior to his departure on a two-nation five day official visit to Russia and China, Dr. Singh said in New Delhi on Saturday: "I am confident that my visit will strengthen our relations with two of our most important partners and create new strategic opportunities for India's growth, prosperity and development in a stable external environment."

Before his departure from New Delhi, stressing the importance of the 14th India-Russian Annual Summit, Dr. Singh said: "The annual summit with Russia, which has been held since 2000, is an important feature of our special and privileged strategic partnership. The scope of our relationship with Russia is unique, encompassing strong and growing cooperation in areas such as defence, nuclear energy, science and technology, hydrocarbons, trade and investment, and people-to-people exchanges."

"I will convey to President Putin the importance we attach to our relations with Russia, and I will use this visit to strengthen our partnership in every possible way," Dr. Singh added.

He further said that India and Russia have always had a convergence of views on global and regional issues, and we value Russia's perspective on international developments of mutual interest.

"I look forward to exchanging views with President Putin on a broad range of international developments, including the conflict and turbulence in West Asia as also closer to India, particularly in Afghanistan. I will convey to President Putin our interest in deepening our consultations and coordination on international issues," he added in New Delhi.

Following his visit to Russia, the Prime Minister will pay an official visit to Beijing from October 22 to 24.

Dr. Singh would hold talks with his counterpart Li Keqiang and President Xi Jinping in Beijing.

Manmohan Singh will also visit Beijing on October 23. (ANI)