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Rajnath Singh to co-chair 19th India-Russia Inter-Governmental Commission

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh will co-chair the India-Russia Inter-Governmental Commission on Military and Military-Technical Cooperation (IRIGC-M&MTC) in Moscow, Russia. He is on a visit to Russian Federation from 5-7 November 2019.

19th India-Russia Inter-Governmental Commission

At the India-Russia IGC on Military and Military-Technical Cooperation, Defence Minister Rajnath Singh will discuss Agreement on Reciprocal Logistics Support (ARLS) with his Russian counterpart Defence Minister of Russian Federation General Sergei Shoigu. The ARLS is an arrangement that will allow access to both India and Russia to each other’s military facilities for expanding logistics support, supplies and fuel and operational turnaround of Indian military.

The ARLS will be especially beneficial for Indian Navy as it has a large number of Russian origin ships that will get access to Russian ports for supplies and refueling. This will also be crucial for joint exercises. Besides Navy, the air force too will benefit by finding it easier to deploy aircraft for same purpose. This access will also be for ports in Russian part of Arctic, thus allowing access to energy resources there. Even Russia, will also be able to access Indian ports and air bases.

Key Highlights of Visit

During his visit, Indian Defence Minister is scheduled to inaugurate India-Russia Defence Industry Cooperation Conference, along with Russian Minister of Industry and Trade Denis kiManturov. At the Conference discussion will be held on ways to promote defence industrial cooperation between India and Russia as well as technology transfer and investment in India in defence industry under ‘Make in India’ programme.

He will also hold extensive discussions with his Russian counterpart General Sergei Shoigu on all areas of military-to-military cooperation as well as defence industrial cooperation.

He is also scheduled to visit St Petersburg where he will place wreath at Piskarevsky Memorial Cemetery honouring soldiers and civilians who lost their lives during World War-II.

6th Parliamentary Speakers’ Summit of G20 countries

An Indian parliamentary delegation led by Lok Sabha Speaker Om Birla is taking part in the 6th Parliamentary Speakers’ Summit of the G20 countries, being held in Tokyo, Japan from 3-5 November 2019. The summit is being attended by Presiding Officers of Parliaments of G20 countries.

The Parliamentary summit is unofficially called P20. It was jointly hosted and organised by Inter-Parliamentary Union (IPU), an international organisation (headquartered in Geneva) and the House of Councillors of National Diet of Japan.

Highlights of P20 Summit

The summit will have sessions on separate themes pertaining to trade, technology and sustainable development.

  • First Session was based on theme- ‘Promotion of Free, Open and Fair Trade and Investment’.
  • Second Session was based on theme- ‘Utilization of Innovative Technology towards a human-centred Future Society’
  • Third Session was based on theme- ‘Efforts towards Resolution of Global Challenges and Achievement Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs: Financing for Development, Need for Transparent and Effective Government, etc.)’.

During its three sessions, the Summit reviews topics such as opening investment, supporting free trade, solving global challenges facing SDGs as well as taking advantage of technological innovations to support human-centered future.

At the end of the summit, a joint statement will also be adopted by the Parliamentary speakers attending the meet. The statement thus adopted would act as Parliamentary inputs to the main G20 Heads of Government/States Conference to be held in 2020.