President of Russia Vladimir Putin: Mr Prime Minister, friends,
I am very pleased to be able to meet with you again and, in this face-to-face meeting, would like to heartily congratulate you on your party’s victory in the elections and your resounding victory and re-election as India’s Prime Minister.
Mr Prime-Minister, in the course of the past years, we have done a great deal to promote our interstate relations. They have developed steadily, including through your personal efforts and your attention to the development of Russian-Indian relations. As you know – I have told you about this already –you have been decorated with the highest state award of the Russian Federation, the Order of St Andrew the Apostle. I would like to congratulate you on this as well and express my hope that after your re-election, our work on promoting bilateral contacts and relations for the benefit of the peoples of India and the Russian Federation will continue.
We have a very busy agenda ahead – and not just within the framework of our work here in Bishkek, but also at various other platforms that we plan to use for further communication. Apart from everything else, I would like to invite you to be the main guest of the Eastern Economic Forum, which will be held in Vladivostok in September.
To be continued.