S. Jaishankar meets Russian counterpart Lavrov; discusses ways to enhance bilateral ties

InternationalS. Jaishankar meets Russian counterpart Lavrov; discusses ways to enhance bilateral ties

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S. Jaishankar meets Russian counterpart Lavrov; discusses ways to enhance bilateral ties

Moscow: External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Wednesday said he held “excellent talks” with his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov during which they discussed bilateral strategic ties and exchanged views on the international situation.

Jaishankar is here on a four-day visit to Russia to attend a meeting of the foreign ministers of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO).

“Pleasure to meet FM Sergey Lavrov, this time in person. Excellent talks that reflect our Special and Privileged Strategic Partnership. Value our exchanges on the international situation,” Jaishankar tweeted.

Earlier in the day, Jaishankar held separate bilateral meetings with his Kyrgyz and Tajik counterparts here and discussed ways to boost India”s strategic partnership with the two Central Asian countries.

“A fruitful meeting with FM Chingiz Aidarbekov of Kyrgyz Republic on SCO sidelines,” Jaishankar tweeted after his first bilateral meeting of the day.

The two leaders discussed issues of bilateral and regional interest.

“Agreed to further enhance our strategic partnership in all spheres,” Jaishankar wrote.

Jaishankar thanked Aidarbekov for the support in facilitating the return of Indian nationals from the Central Asian country. Air India operated several flights under Vande Bharat Mission to evacuate its nationals stranded in other nations due to lockdown.

About 4,500 Indian students are studying medicine in various medical institutions in Kyrgyzstan. A few businessmen are engaged in trade and services in Kyrgyzstan, according to the Indian Embassy in Bishkek.

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