New Delhi, Sep 4: Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday evening left for Vladivostok in Russia to attend the fifth Eastern Economic Forum meet as the chief guest of Russian President Vladimir Putin.
"A new chapter in our Special and Privileged Strategic Partnership. PM Narendra Modi departs for Vladivostok, the 1st visit by an Indian PM to Russian Far East, for 20th India-Russia Annual Summit," MEA spokesman Raveesh Kumar tweeted. Modi will attend 5th EEF as Chief Guest on a special invitation from President Putin.
"I look forward to discussing with my friend President Vladimir Putin the entire gamut of our bilateral partnership as well as regional and international issues of mutual interest," Modi said in his pre-departure statement on Tuesday. India has the status of a guest country at the EEF 2019, it was officially announced by the Forum in its official website. It also said at the invitation of Russian President, Modi will be the 'main guest' of the EEF 2019 and will head the Indian delegation at the forum.
"Thanks to initiatives carried out by the Indian government to facilitate business, India has become the only nation in the world to be included in the list of the top ten leading countries in the World Bank’s ease of doing business index two years in a row," it said. "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," Prime Minister Modi said.
The Eastern Economic Forum will also be attended by Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, Mongolian President Khaltmaagiin Battulga and Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad. The three-day event will also see participation from a number of other countries at ministerial level, including China, South Korea, North Korea, Singapore and Indonesia. UNI