Manmohan Singh leaves for Russia

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New Delhi, June 15 (ANI): The Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh,left Monday for Russia on a three-day visit to attend two multilateral summits.

In his first trip abroad during the second term, Singh will visit Yekaterinburg to attend Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) and Brazil-Russia-India-China (BRIC) Summits, the main agenda of which is expected to include the global financial crisis, terrorism and food security.

A significant aspect of the visit will be a meeting between Singh and Zardari on the sidelines of the two summits.

This will be the first highest-level contact between the two countries since the Mumbai attacks last year as India has suspended dialogue till Pakistan takes "concrete" action against those behind the strikes and dismantles the terror infrastructure.

The meeting between Singh and Zardari, though informal with no structured agenda, may lead to a resumption of bilateral dialogue at some level if the two leaders agree to it. (ANI)

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