Antony to Moscow Tomorrow on 4-Day Visit

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New Delhi, Oct 15 (UNI) Defence Minister AK Antony leaves here tomorrow on a four-day official visit to Moscow to attend the Seventh India-Russia Inter-Governmental Commission on Military Technical Cooperation.

He will be accompanied by a high level delegation of officials from the Ministries of Defence and External Affairs.

The visit is part of the structured mechanism that exists between the two countries for Defence Cooperation in line with the Agreement between the two countries on establishing the Indo-Russian Inter-Governmental Commission on Military Technical Cooperation (IRIGC).

The meetings of the Commission -- co-chaired by the Defence Ministers of Russia and India -- are held once a year alternatively in New Delhi and Moscow to review the progress of military-technical cooperation between the two countries. The Sixth meeting of the IRIGC was held here on January 24 last.

During his stay in Moscow, Minister Antony will hold discussions with his Russian counterpart Anatoly Eduardovich Serdyukov. A wide range of issues relating to Defence Cooperation between the two countries are to be discussed between the two sides. The discussions will culminate in a Protocol to be signed at the end of the IRIGC session, said an official spokespeson today.

The Indian Defence Minister is slated to visit important Defence Installations including the Tactical Missiles Corporation (TMC) and the Federal State Unitary Enterprise NPO ''Mashinostroyenia''.

Minister Antony will also lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Alexandrovsky Garden and visit the Kremlin Museum.

The spokesperson said the visit was indicative of the commitment of the leaderships of the two countries to consolidating and strengthening the excellent defence relations that exist between the two countries.


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