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Putin to visit Beijing in October

world Updated: Sep 29, 2009 17:06 IST

Russian Prime Minister Vladimir Putin will visit China next month for bilateral talks and a six-nation regional security meeting, the Chinese foreign ministry said on Tuesday.

"At the invitation of Premier Wen Jiabao, Prime Minister Putin of the Russian Federation will pay an official visit to China on the 12th-14th of next month," foreign ministry spokeswoman Jiang Yu said.

She said Putin would hold bilateral talks with Wen during an official visit before attending an October 14 heads of government meeting of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) in Beijing.

The SCO is a regional security grouping dominated by China and Russia which also includes four ex-Soviet Central Asian countries Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.

India, Iran, Mongolia and Pakistan have SCO observer status.

Jiang said the leaders would discuss ways of addressing the international financial crisis and deepening regional economic and humanitarian cooperation.

China's Public Security Ministry said on Sunday that Beijing had reached an agreement with countries in central, western, and south Asia to work together more closely to combat terrorism.