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Putin and Modi confirm willingness to promote strategic partnership

December 26, 2015, 18:18 UTC+3
In a telephone conversation Indian Prime Minister has warmly thanked Russian President for his hospitality during the Indian leader's official visit to Moscow, the Kremlin press service said
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India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Russia's President Vladimir Putin

India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Russia's President Vladimir Putin

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MOSCOW, December 26. /TASS/. Russian President Vladimir Putin and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi have confirmed in a telephone conversation their mutual willingness to promote privileged strategic partnership of Russia and India, the Kremlin press service said on Saturday.

"Narendra Modi has warmly thanked Vladimir Putin for his hospitality during the Indian leader's official visit to Moscow on December 23 to 24, 2015," the Kremlin said. "The achieved results have been highly praised along with the agreements in trade, the economy, investments, science and technology and in the humanitarian sphere. Also, the sides confirmed their mutual willingness to promote privileged strategic partnership of Russia and India."

The phone conversation was held at a request of the Indian side.

On December 24, Putin and Modi discussed the issues of Russian-Indian cooperation and topical international issues. In presence of the two leaders a package of 15 documents was signed, including two protocols on changes to agreements on easing conditions for mutual trips of certain categories of citizens of the two countries and on mutual trips of holders of diplomatic and service passports.

Six memorandums were also inked. In particular, the parties signed a memo of understanding in the field of investment cooperation on Russia’s Far East, a memo of understanding between Russian Railways and India’s Ministry of Railways, a memo of understanding on cooperation in the field of geological exploration and production hydrocarbons on land and on the continental shelf of Russia.

Along with this, the two countries’ collaboration in nuclear energy was on the table of the talks.

The joint statement adopted during the Indian prime minister’s official visit to Russia focused on a whole range of international issues.

Russia and India believe the fight against terrorism is only possible if the entire global community joins efforts without selectiveness and double standards. Russia and India expressed their support for Syria’s sovereignty, unity and territorial integrity.

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