There are immense opportunities for New Delhi and Islamabad to work together if Pakistan stops terrorist groups from using its territory, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said on Friday.
“There are immense opportunities of expanding trade, investment and technology flow between our two countries,” Singh told the Russian media ahead of his visit to Moscow starting December 6.
“We face in the subcontinent the onset of terrorism aided, inspired and instigated by our neighbour. Russia and India can work together to devise effective counter-terror strategies through coordinating our intelligence and information systems.
We can help each other because Russia like India has also been the victim of terrorism. We also believe that Russia being a great power can influence the conduct of Pakistan,” he said.
Stressing that India’s growing engagement with the rest of the world could not be at the cost of its ties with Moscow, Singh said Russia was an important factor in world peace, stability and security.
“During my visit to Russia, I propose to discuss with President Medvedev the steps we can take to raise our strategic partnership to the next level,” he said.
“The trade target of US$10 billion that we are likely to achieve in 2010 is well below our potential, given the size of the Indian and Russian economies,” he added.
Singh also spoke about cooperation in the areas of defence, science and technology and nuclear energy expansion.