Russia once again assured India that Moscow would back New Delhi’s efforts to fight terrorism. The assurance came ahead of the BRICS Summit to be held in China in September.
During her recent meeting with visiting Speaker of the Indian Parliament’s Lower House (or Lok Sabha) Sumitra Mahajan in Kremlin, Speaker of the Federation Council (Upper House of the Russian Parliament) Valentina Matviyenko said that Moscow was well aware of New Delhi’s concerns over the threat of international terrorism. She told the senior Indian official that Russia would pool efforts against the global menace as it would not be possible for any country to fight terrorism alone.
According to Matviyenko, the July 10 terror attack in northern Indian province of Jammu and Kashmir, which claimed seven lives, was unfortunate. “I would like to express sincere condolences to the friendly people of India over the terror attack on a bus with pilgrims that claimed human lives. I would like to reassure that Russia shares India’s concerns over such challenge as international terrorism and is ready to pool efforts against this evil,” she stressed.
The Russian speaker expressed hope that the two “friendly” nations would strengthen co-operation in other fields (too), saying that it would be possible, if the two Parliaments agreed to work together. “We are interested in invigorating our co-operation on the parliamentary track,” she added.
Earlier, Mahajan informed members of the State Duma that India was eager to work together with Russia to counter terrorist networks and cross-border movement of terrorists. Addressing the Lower House of the Russian legislature, the visiting Indian parliamentarian said that it would be important for all “the stakeholders to work collectively and decisively to defeat terrorism”.
Mahajan did not forget to mention that India is maintaining a steady economic growth. Inaugurating the India-Russia energy-bridge project – named ‘International North-South Transport Corridor’, she said that it was a significant milestone as far as bilateral economic co-operation was concerned.
Mahajan, who led a delegation to Russia last week, believes that the current global geopolitical landscape has created an opportunity for both Russia and India to lead the world trade. Talking to the Russian media, she said that India, which considers Russia as an “old friend”, was fully prepared to boost bilateral co-operation in trade, science & technology, counter terrorism and defence (sectors).
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