India and Russia had in-depth discussions on the issues on the agenda of the United Nations Security Council and recent developments.
On November 17, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister Sergei Vershinin was received in New Delhi by Vinay Kwatra, Foreign Secretary of the Republic of India, and held lengthy foreign policy consultations with Sanjay Verma , Secretary (West), read the press release of the Russian Foreign Ministry.
Issues on the UN agenda were discussed in detail, with a focus on Security Council activities in light of the completion in December of New Delhi’s two-year presence at the UNSC as a non-permanent member.
In addition, the parties discussed topical regional issues, such as the situation in Ukraine, Afghanistan, Syria and Myanmar, as well as the situation on the Armenian-Azerbaijani border, the statement added.
Particular attention was given to issues of counter-terrorism and United Nations peacekeeping. India’s UNSC Chairmanship program for the coming month was also discussed in detail.
The consultations reaffirmed mutual commitment to further strengthen bilateral coordination and constructive cooperation within the UN platform on the basis of its Charter and in accordance with the special and privileged strategic partnership between Moscow and New Delhi, the statement added.
Sanjay Verma, Secretary (West) of the Ministry of External Affairs led the Indian delegation for consultations on United Nations and multilateral issues with the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
This was the third round of such consultations to be held between the two sides this year. The Indian delegation included officials from the Ministry of External Affairs, read the press release from the Ministry of External Affairs.
The Russian delegation was led by Vershinin, Deputy Foreign Minister (DFM) of the Russian Federation and included other senior officials from the Russian Foreign Ministry and the Russian Embassy in New Delhi.
Vershinin congratulated India on its upcoming presidency of the UN Security Council in December 2022.
The two sides had in-depth discussions on issues on the agenda of the UN Security Council and recent developments. They agreed to deepen counter-terrorism cooperation within the UN and other multilateral platforms. The Secretary (West) briefed the Russian side on India’s priorities during its upcoming UNSC presidency in December 2022, the statement read.
During the visit, DFM also called Foreign Secretary Vinay Kwatra and briefed him on Russia’s position on UN-related issues.
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