As part of the 5th Eastern Economic Forum the 20th India – Russia Annual Summit was held in Vladivostok. Following the summit, India and Russia adopted the joint statement ”Reaching new heights of cooperation through trust and partnership“.
India and Russia commended the implementation of the bilateral Cultural Exchange Program, which directly helps bring the peoples of the two countries together and agreed that there is a need for geographical expansion of cultural exchanges and to further promote the Russian language in India and Hindi in Russia comprehensively, including by developing contacts between relevant educational institutions.
The Sides welcome intensification of international cooperation in the sphere of education. They will continue to promote establishment of direct contacts between universities. Bilateral intergovernmental agreements on mutual recognition of academic credentials will give impetus to these activities. They also agreed to expedite work on preparation of the agreements.
The Sides emphasized the importance of promoting cooperation between the states/union territories of the Republic of India and entities of the Russian Federation and stated their intention to organize a forum between them coordinated by their respective Ministries. The Sides agreed to establish exchanges of cultural and business missions between the states of India and the regions of Russia. They agreed to further develop the twin cities format to give a fresh impetus to the existing ties and create new ones.
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