Rajnath To Leave For Russia On Sunday

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New Delhi: Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh will leave for Russia on Sunday for a three-day trip ended on Wednesday during which he is likely to sign an agreement between India and Russia on cooperation in combating terrorism and organised crime.

During his visit from November 27 to 29, the Home Minister will discuss bilateral, regional and international matters of mutual interest during discussions with his Russian counterpart Vladimir Kolokoltsev and other senior Russian leadersp.

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Union Home Minister, Shri Rajnath Singh is likely to sign an Agreement on Cooperation between Ministry of Home Affairs, India and Ministry of Interior of the Russian Federation. He will also sign a Joint Action Plan between the Narcotics Control Bureau, MHA and Ministry of Interior of the Russian Federation.

The signing of a comprehensive security agreement on cooperation in combating terrorism and organized crime with the Ministry of Interior of the Russian Federation would reinforce the relationship between India and Russia through exchange and sharing of information, expertise, best practices and would help in curbing terrorism and enhancing security in the region.

Shri Rajnath Singh will also hold meetings with Mr Nikolai Patrushev, Secretary, Security Council of the Russian Federation, Mr. Vladimir Puchkov, Minister of Civil Defence, Emergency Situations and Disaster Relief of the Russian Federation and Mr. Alexander Bortnikov, Director, Federal Security Service of Russia. He will pay a visit to the National Crisis Management Centre (EMERCOM) under the Ministry of Situations.

As both the countries have long history of close cooperation on matters of shared security concerns, this visit will provide an opportunity to further cement and strengthen the mutually beneficial bilateral ties between both the countries.