Russia hopes India will soon join SCO

Source: AP

Source: AP

Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov expressed hope that India will soon become a full member of Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), according to Ria Novosti report.

"Russia supports the resolution of the issue of India's transfer from observer status to full membership in the SCO as soon as possible. We have expounded on this position repeatedly and expect to achieve progress in the issue soon," Lavrov said.

Sergey Lavrov made this statement during his meeting with Mr. S.M. Krishna, External Affairs Minister of India, on 17th November 2011 in Moscow.  The two sides reviewed the status of bilateral relations, particularly in the context of the upcoming 12th Annual bilateral Summit to be held in Moscow in December between Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and President Dmitry Medvedev. The two sides also discussed regional, global and international issues.

Mr. Krishna emphasized that both sides are currently making efforts to ensure that our cooperation in trade and investment increases both quantitatively and qualitatively so that the target of US $ 20 billion is achieved by 2015 as envisaged by the leadership of the two countries, as is stated in the press-release by the Indian Embassy in Russia. 

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Mr. Krishna stressed that since the declaration of our Strategic Partnership a little over a decade ago, India-Russia cooperation has undergone a qualitative change in almost all areas of our interaction, and particularly the main areas such as defence, space and nuclear energy.  Both sides are currently making efforts to ensure that our cooperation in trade and investment increases both quantitatively and qualitatively, so that the target of US 20 billion by 2015 can be achieved. 

Mr. Krishna and Mr. Lavrov also discussed the international situation, particularly the situation in Afghanistan, developments in the Middle East and North Africa, the Iran nuclear issue, developments in the Asia Pacific region, including the recently concluded APEC Summit.  India and Russia share similar perceptions on such issues.  Both sides agreed to discuss these issues both bilaterally and in the multilateral format - in the framework of SCO, EAS, BRICS, and at the United Nations General Assembly and UN Security Council.

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