Russian President Vladimir Putin wished “all the very best” to his “expensive buddy” Prime Minister Narendra Modi forward of his birthday on Saturday as the 2 leaders held talks on the sidelines of the annual summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation on Friday.
Prime Minister Modi, who attended the primary in-person summit of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) in two years within the historic Uzbek metropolis of Samarkand, turned 72 on Saturday.
Of their first assembly after the Ukraine battle broke out in February this 12 months, Putin wished India and Prime Minister Modi.
“I want to want India all the very best. I additionally know that tomorrow, my expensive buddy, you’re about to have fun your birthday. As per the Russian custom, we by no means provide Congratulations prematurely. So, I can’t do this proper now,” Putin mentioned.
“However I would really like you to know that we find out about that. And we want you all the very best. We want all the very best to the pleasant Indian nation and we want prosperity to India beneath your management,” the 69-year-old Russian president mentioned.
Putin mentioned the relations between Russia and India proceed to develop very quickly and have the character of a strategic privileged partnership, asserting that the 2 international locations are actively partaking on worldwide platforms.
“Had a beautiful assembly with President Putin. We acquired the chance to debate furthering India-Russia cooperation in sectors akin to commerce, vitality, defence, and extra. We additionally mentioned different bilateral and international points,” Modi tweeted about his assembly with Putin.
Modi arrived right here on Thursday evening on an round 24-hour go to.
The summit of the eight-nation influential grouping is going down amid the rising geo-political turmoil largely triggered by the Russian invasion of Ukraine and China’s aggressive navy posturing within the Taiwan Strait.
Launched in Shanghai in June 2001, the SCO has eight full members, together with its six founding members, China, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Russia, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. India and Pakistan joined as full members in 2017.