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Before Russia visit, foreign minister Sushma Swaraj met Iranian president Hassan Rouhaniin Tehran, Iran, on Sunday. Rouhani has assured Swaraj that Iran can be a ‘reliable partner’ for India’s energy needs. Phot: AFP
Before Russia visit, foreign minister Sushma Swaraj met Iranian president Hassan Rouhaniin Tehran, Iran, on Sunday. Rouhani has assured Swaraj that Iran can be a ‘reliable partner’ for India’s energy needs. Phot: AFP

Sushma Swaraj arrives in Russia on two-day visit

Sushma Swaraj will attend the annual foreign ministers' meeting of Russia, India and China

Moscow: External affairs minister Sushma Swaraj arrived Moscow on Monday for the second leg of her two-nation visit, during which she will attend the annual foreign ministers’ meeting of Russia, India and China.

“Namaste Moscow! EAM @SushmaSwaraj arrives in Russia to attend RIC Foreign Ministers Conference tomorrow," ministry of external affairs spokesperson Vikas Swarup tweeted.

Swaraj’s two-day visit will see her attend the annual foreign ministers’ meeting of RIC (Russia, India and China).

Besides attending the RIC meeting, she is also expected to have a bilateral meet with her Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov in Moscow.

On the sidelines of RIC, Swaraj is expected to meet her Chinese counterpart Wang Yi during which she is likely to raise the issue of China blocking India’s bid at the United Nations to ban Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) chief Masood Azhar.

In Iran, she had a wide rage of engagements with several top Iranian leaders, including president Hassan Rouhani.

Rouhani has assured Swaraj that Iran can be a ‘reliable partner’ for India’s energy needs. Enhancing energy cooperation was the centerpiece of her visit to the powerful Persian Gulf nation. PTI

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