Sushma leaves for Moscow on two-day Russia visit
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Sushma leaves for Moscow on two-day Russia visit

New Delhi, Sep 13: Seeking to strengthen bilateral ties with Russia, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Thursday left for Moscow on a two-day visit to Russia.

Ms Swaraj will participate at the meeting of the 23rd India-Russia Inter-Governmental Commission on Technical & Economic Cooperation (IRIGC-TEC).

"Taking stock of a time-tested, special and privileged strategic partnership! EAM Sushma Swaraj departs on a two-day visit to Moscow, Russia on 13-14 September to hold the 23rd meeting of the Inter- Governmental Commission on Technical & Economic Cooperation," MEA spokesman Raveesh Kumar tweeted.

The External Affairs Minister will co-chair the meet along with Yuri Borisov, Deputy Prime Minister of the Russian Federation.

IRIGC-TEC is a standing body which annually meets and reviews ongoing activities of bilateral cooperation in the fields of bilateral trade and investment, science and technology, culture and other issues of mutual interest.

"The Commission, after taking stock of bilateral cooperation in various fields, will provide policy recommendations and directions in the concerned fields," an MEA statement said here last week.

The last meeting of the Commission was held in New Delhi in December 2017.

Ms Swaraj's visit to Russia is also significant as it comes weeks before President Vladimir Putin is expected for India visit next month.

India and Russia have elevated their bilateral ties to a 'Special and Privileged Strategic Relationship'.

Putin is expected to arrive in New Delhi for the 19th Indo-Russian summit with Prime Minister Narendra Modi on October 5.

Modi had visited Russia in May for an informal Summit with the Russian President at Sochi.

The first Indo-Russian Summit was held in Delhi in October 2000 when Prime Minister Atal Bihar Vajpayee had hosted President Putin. (UNI)