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Developing countries should influence global decision-making – FM

November 17, 2011, 15:53 UTC+3
Earlier, the eurozone countries asked for financial assistance to members of the BRICS group in order to correct the situation in this area
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MOSCOW, November 17 (Itar-Tass) — Developing countries should influence global decision-making in the International Monetary Fund (IMF) and other international organisations, Indian Foreign Minister Somanahalli Malaiah Krishna said after the talks with his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov on Thursday.

Commenting on financial aid to the EU crisis-hit countries, Krishna, said assistance to the eurozone countries would be discussed at the G-20 session.

At present, the talks continue and it is necessary to wait for its results.

Earlier, the eurozone countries asked for financial assistance to members of the BRICS group in order to correct the situation in this area.

For his part, Lavrov said Russia and India were preparing a package of documents due to be signed at the summit in December. “Bilateral relations are developing successfully. The leaders of our countries described them as strategic partnership.” “We’ve discussed preparations for the Russian-Indian summit due to take place in December. A package of documents, including energy cooperation, as well as contacts in the nuclear sector, pharmaceutics and education, as well as interaction between the anti-monopoly services,” the Russian minister stressed.

He stressed that Russia and India should “synchronise positions” in international affairs and coordinate efforts in the U.N., the G-20, the SCO and BRICS. “We are concerned over the development of events in the Middle East and North Africa. External interference and the reinforcement of confrontation are counterproductive and dangerous. We favour the national dialogue and reconciliation and the renunciation of violence,” Lavrov stressed.

Moscow and New Delhi are also worried about the situation in Afghanistan. “It is unstable,” he said. “We intend to contribute to the development of Afghanistan, free of terrorism and drug crime. It is important to join efforts aimed at promoting the economic development of the country.” Lavrov said, “We have concrete plans, which have been coordinated with the Afghan leadership.”

 

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