New Delhi, Nov 22: Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh is set to visit Russia to attend discussions on combating terror and organised crime with Russian Minister of Internal Affairs, Vladimir Kolokoltsev. Singh’s three day trip to Russia begins from November 27 to 29. Also Read - Coronavirus: Russia’s EpiVacCorona Vaccine Has 100% Efficacy, Claims Report
According to reports, Singh is is likely to sign a comprehensive security agreement on cooperation in combating terrorism and organized crime with the Ministry of Interior of the Russian Federation. An official of the home ministry said, the Home Minister will have bilateral meetings with the Russian leadership and discuss how to strengthen cooperation in tackling organised crime, smuggling of narcotics, fake currency notes and cyber crime, ANI reported. Also Read - Coronavirus Vaccine Drive Hallmark For Self-reliant India: BJP Leaders Hail PM Modi's Mega Rollout Plan
A Union Cabinet meeting, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, on Wednesday gave its nod for the signing of the agreement on cooperation between India and Russia in the field of combating all forms of terrorism and organised crime. Also Read - Tejas Mark 1A-Lethal Punch for Enemy And A Symbol of Indian Technology
The proposed pact will replace the agreement of October, 1993, and is a step towards consolidating the benefits accrued in the field of security and seeks to jointly fight the new and evolving risks and threats, ANI reported.
During this visit, Singh is likely to sign a Joint Action or an Implementation Plan for cooperation in areas of drugs and disaster management.
This visit comes almost one year after the home minister’s earlier plan to visit Russia on September 18, 2016 was cancelled following a terror attack on that day at the Brigade headquarters in Uri in Jammu and Kashmir, in which 19 jawans were killed.