Prime Minister Modi also held bilateral talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin at the SCO Summit, following which Foreign Secretary said Prime Minister Modi will attend Eastern Economic Forum to be held in early September at Vladivostok in Russia.
Foreign Secretary Vijay Gokhale said the Eastern Economic Forum meeting will be followed by India-Russia Annual bilateral summit.
At the bilateral meeting, Prime Minister Modi said, to make the participation in the Forum meaningful, India will send a business delegation and representatives of three Indian states to Vladivostok and Russian Far East prior to his visit.
The Foreign Secretary said, Russian Far East is extremely resourceful and the Prime Minister also recognised it as a new area for cooperation. Both the leaders also reviewed trade and business relations and noted that these are on an upward trajectory.
Showing interest in the modernisation of Indian Railways, the Russian President said, they will study the upgradation of Nagpur-Sikandarabad line. Prime Minister Modi also thanked Russian President Putin for successful implementation of defence manufacturing project in Amethi under the Make in India initiative.
Prime Minister Modi also met Afghan President Ashraf Ghani. The two leaders discussed the role being played by India towards an inclusive peace process in Afghanistan. In a tweet, External Affairs Ministry spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said, Modi and Ghani shared perspectives on the situation in Afghanistan.