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Putin, Indian PM to discuss Syria, Afghanistan, bilateral issues

October 16, 2013, 13:59 UTC+3

Meeting of top level officials slated for October 21

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Photo ITAR-TASS/ Alexey Nikolski

Photo ITAR-TASS/ Alexey Nikolski

MOSCOW, October 16 (Itar-Tass) - Russian President Vladimir Putin will hold talks with Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on October 21, the Kremlin press service reported on Wednesday.

The Indian premier will be in Russia on an official visit.

Putin and Singh “are expected to discuss strategic partnership, trade, economic, cultural and humanitarian cooperation”, the press service said.

“The talks will focus on prospects for carrying out joint projects in the energy sector, primarily in nuclear power engineering, aircraft building, machine-building, telecommunications and finances,” the press service said.

Putin and Singh “will exchange views on key international issues, including the situation in Syria and Afghanistan”, the press service said.

After the talks the parties are planning to make a joint statement and sign bilateral agreements on expanding cooperation in energy efficiency, biotechnology, technical regulation and metrology.

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