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Krishna hold talks with leaders of several countries

External Affairs Minister SM Krishna held a series of bilateral meetings with the leaders of several countries aimed at building relationships and furthering India's agenda.

world Updated: Sep 28, 2009 12:21 IST

External Affairs Minister SM Krishna held a series of bilateral meetings with the leaders of several countries aimed at building relationships and furthering India's agenda.

Reflecting the growing influence of India at the world stage, Krishna had received request for more than 50 bilateral meetings from his counterparts, who wanted to speak to him on the sidelines of the 64th Session of the UN General Assembly.

"On the sidelines of the UNGA, I attended a number of Ministerial meetings of various groupings of which we are members," he told reporters winding up his trip to the UN.

These included IBSA (India, Brazil, South Africa), G-5 (India, Brazil, South Africa, Mexico, China) and BRIC (India, Brazil, China, Russia). "These meetings were opportune in emphasizing the close coordination India and our partners on various global issues," he said.

"You are aware that there were more than 50 requests for bilateral meetings with me. I met President of Maldives and was able to meet a number of Foreign Ministers at the plurilateral fora and at key bilateral meetings," he said.

Indian envoy to the UN Hardeep Puri hosted a reception for him, which was attended by Prime Minister of Nepal, the Vice President of Suriname and several Foreign Ministers.

"My meeting with Secretary Clinton reaffirmed the high importance of the unique and multi-faceted partnership between our two countries," Krishna said, adding that the visit of the Prime Minister to Washington in November this year, will help further strengthen and broaden this relationship.