EEF: PM Modi arrives in Vladivostok

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.

His visit to the Russian Far East Region is the first by an Indian prime minister.

“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,” Mr. Modi tweeted at 05.09 am IST.

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.
Kashmir is likely to figure in talks as Russia has already rebuffed Pakistan’s attempts to seek mediation, saying that it is a bilateral matter between India and Pakistan.

The investment and cooperation in the fields of defence, energy, infrastructure and various other sectors is expectred.

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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