Narendra Modi leaves for Russian Federation after 'successful' visit to Spain

St Petersburg, Jun 1 Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Russian President Vladimir Putin today held wide-ranging talks on bilateral, regional and global issues of mutual interests, including ways to boost energy and trade ties.

PM Modi is the first Indian Prime Minister to visit Spain since 1988.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday arrived in Spain and met hundreds of people outside the hotel.

Modi said the policy of building strong relations with Russian Federation enjoys crosscutting national consensus in India and every government in India since 1947 has accorded the highest priority to developing close relations with Russian Federation.

During the summit on June 1, PM Modi and President Putin are expected to spell out a "joint vision statement" aimed at re-energising the relationship on the bilateral, and also the multilateral sphere. There are around 200 Spanish companies operating in India.

India and Germany held the fourth round of the biannual Inter-Governmental Consultations (IGC) in Germany earlier today, according to a news report by HT.

The prime minister praised the Spanish president saying under Rajoy's leadership the country has undergone economic reforms "which is also the biggest priority of my government".

After his meeting with Rajoy, Modi will call on Spanish King Felipe VI.

PM Modi will then be received by Mr Putin at the Konstantin Palace, a sprawling regal complex that is also the Russian president's official residence where he hosts world leaders.

In the run-up to the International Yoga Day on June 21, Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday in a series of tweets appreciated the practice of yoga, calling it an "integrating" force.

But at the same time, Putin sidestepped a question on Kashmir, and said "it is up to you" to assess whether Pakistan is fuelling terrorism in the Indian state.

Modi said his discussions with Rajoy would lead to improved ties between India and Spain. The two nations are targeting to raise the trade to $ 30 billion in the next five years.

The two sides, during bilateral talks, also discussed how Germany can partner with India on its flagship programs including skill development, energy sector, environment, smart cities and digital India.

Compared to other countries, Russian Federation has always had an inclination towards India.

Giving fresh impetus to multifarious relations between Spain and India, Prime Minister Modi and Rajoy witness exchange of seven MOUs across various fields.

  • Leroy Wright