Prime Minister Narendra Modi met Russian Prime Minister Dmitry Medvedev on Thursday, calling for greater cooperation between their states and regions.
On day three of his visit to Myanmar, Modi met Medvedev ahead of next month's annual Indo-Russia summit. The Indian PM recalled his visit to Russia in 2001 and told the him "Am sure India-Russia ties will be strengthened", according to tweets posted by the Prime Minister's Office.
Modi's meeting with the Russian leader was his first diplomatic engagement on the third day of his 10-day three-nation tour of Myanmar, Australia and Fiji on the sidelines of the two back-to-back India-ASEAN and East Asia summits in Nay Pyi Taw.
The Russian Prime Minister conveyed that India was a "close and valued partner for us" during the meeting at the Myanmar International Conference Centre. On the extent of Russia-India relations, Medvedev said: "There are many areas where we are cooperating".
In response, Modi said he was confident that the ties between the two countries will be strengthened.
During their conversation, Modi also spoke on the need for the federal units - states and regions of the two countries to cooperate more, a view which Medvedev endorsed.
Russian President Vladimir Putin is travelling to New Delhi next month for the 15th annual India-Russia summit.
Modi, during his first meeting with Putin on the sidelines of the BRICS summit in Brazil in July, favoured broadening India's strategic partnership with Russia in nuclear, defence and energy sectors.
He had also invited Putin to visit Kudankulam atomic power project during his trip for the annual summit.
A tweet posted by external affairs ministry spokesperson Syed Akbaruddin said, "Our federal units (states/regions) need to cooperate more - PM @narendramodi pitch reasonates with Russian PM Medvedev."
Modi later posed for photographs with world leaders at the East Asia Summit.
Modi was also seen laughing and chatting with Prime Minister Tony Abbott of Australia, Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Tun Razak and President Benigno Aquino of the Philippines before they proceeded to attend the EAS here, an MEA tweet showed.
Modi, Abbott and New Zealand Prime Minister John Key posed for a photo together.
Modi keen on Malaysian model of performance assessment
As part of his endeavour to constantly evaluate the performance of his government, Modi is taking a cue from the Malaysian model, calling it an "excellent example".
During his meeting with his Malaysian counterpart Najib Razak Wednesday, Modi said he was greatly impressed by the performance assessment mechanism that is in place in the southeast Asian country.