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Shyam Saran to visit Moscow next week

Shyam Saran is to visit Moscow next week for talks to prepare Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's agenda for the upcoming G-8 summit.

india Updated: May 28, 2006 00:15 IST

Foreign Secretary Shyam Saran is to visit Moscow next week for talks to prepare Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's agenda for the upcoming G-8 summit of the world's most industrialised democracies under the rotating presidency of Russia.

Saran would be in Moscow from May 31-June 1.

Leaders India, China and Brazil are among the select world dignitaries, who have been invited by President Vladimir Putin to attend G-8 St. Petersburg summit at which global energy security and combat against epidemics are to top the agenda.

Besides dovetailing Prime Minister Singh's agenda at G-8 with Kremlin "sherpa" Igor Shuvalov, Saran will also hold talks on a wide range of issue of bilateral interest with his Russian counterpart First Deputy Foreign Minister Andrei Denisov, diplomatic sources said.

He is also scheduled to deliver a lecture at the Centre of Indian Studies of the Russian Science Academy's Institute of Oriental Studies.

Saran is also to attend the closing ceremony of three-day cultural festival of Delhi on May 31.

First Published: May 28, 2006 00:15 IST