Jaishankar, Lavrov to discuss Kashmir, Modi visit

Jaishankar, Lavrov to discuss Kashmir, Modi visit

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Moscow, Aug 22: External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar and his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov will discuss here the situation in Kashmir and other issues such as the summit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Vladimr Putin next month, Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said on Thursday.

"They will discuss a wide range of issues, including regional matters, certainly. Taking into consideration that the UN Security Council has held a session on the matter, I believe they will certainly exchange opinions [on the situation in Jammu and Kashmir," Zakharova said at a briefing.

"The foreign ministers will discuss ways to promote bilateral cooperation and will compare notes on the schedule of further contacts," she said

Lavrov and Jaishankar will also discuss Indian delegation's participation in the upcoming Eastern Economic Forum, which Russia's Vladivostok will host from September 4-6, as well as the situation around the Iran nuclear deal, Zakharova said.

Situations in the Persian Gulf and in Afghanistan, Russian-Indian cooperation in the Asian-Pacific region and in the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation, as well as preparations for Russia's 2020 chairmanship in the BRICS will also be on the agenda, the spokeswoman noted.

Jaishankar's visit follows Wednesday's visit by National Security Adviser Ajit Doval who held talks with his counterpart Nikolai Patrushev, who is the secretary of the Russian National Security Council. (UNI)