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EEF in Vladivostok : PM Modi , President Putin to hold talks, Kashmir likely to figure

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Vladivostok (Russia), Sep 4 : Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in Vladivostok on Wednesday on a two-day visit during which he will attend the annual Eastern Economic Forum (EEF) and hold bilateral Summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin and it is certain that Kashmir issue will figure in the talks and Pakistan-India tensions after the abrogation of Article370.

Russia has already  made it clear that it is a bilateral matter between India and Pakistan and both the countries should resolve peacefully .

Modi  visit to the Russian Far East Region is the first by an Indian prime minister and hopes to find takers for his proposal of a free trade zone between India and the Eurasian Economic Union (EAEU), comprising Russia, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Armenia and Belarus.

Some agreements on bilateral trade and investment are expected to be signed between the two countries on Wednesday evening after the talks between Modi and Putin.

“Landed in Vladivostok, capital of the Russian Far East and the crossroads of a dynamic region. Looking forward to joining various programmes in this short but important visit,”  Modi tweeted at 05.09 am IST.

He will also hold the 20th India-Russia Annual Summit with Putin.

 

Before departing for Russia, Modi said he looked forward to discussing regional and international issues of mutual interest with President Putin.

Modi also said his visit underlines the desire of the two countries to diversity and further strengthen bilateral relations.

“I look forward to discussing with my friend President Putin the entire gamut of our bilateral partnership as well as regional and international issues of mutual interest,” the Prime Minister said in his departure statement in New Delhi.

“I also look forward to meeting other global leaders attending the Eastern Economic Forum, and interacting with Indian Industry and business representatives participating in it,” Modi said.

The forum focuses on development of business and investment opportunities in the Russian Far East Region, and presents enormous potential for developing close and mutually beneficial cooperation between India and Russia in the region, he said.

 

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