India is interested in working with Russia on research and development of new medicines. A TASS correspondent learned this on Friday from Alexei Pushkov, Chairman of the State Duma Committee on Foreign Affairs, who the day before, took part in a meeting of Russian and Indian parliamentarians led by the State Duma Chairman Sergei Naryshkin and Speaker of the Lok Sabha (Lower House) of the Indian Parliament Sumitra Mahajan.
“India has proposed working on the creation of cheaper drugs for a wide range of people, such as diabetics, and then bringing these onto the market,” he said. “We are talking here about joint research and development of medicines.”
Mr. Pushkov told TASS about his hope that meetings at the level of parliamentarians “would take place more often”. “We got the feeling that India, along with an interest in overall international cooperation, wished to focus on practical aspects of bilateral cooperation with Russia,” he added. “The Indians are focusing on specific areas of cooperation.”
Mr. Pushkov also said that among other topics, India “raised the issue of signing an agreement on mutual recognition of higher education diplomas”. “In particular, this issue is especially relevant for medical graduates,” he said. “This would enable Indians, earning their diplomas in Russia, to easily work as doctors when they return home.”
First published in Russian by TASS.
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