The Telegraph
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Terror and trade on Putin plate

New Delhi, Nov. 26: Russian President Vladimir Putin arrives on a three-day state visit early next month with a two-point agenda — terrorism and trade.

India and Russia will sign an agreement on setting up a Joint Working Group to fight terrorism during his visit.

The proposed JWG will provide facilities for training each other’s personnel, exchange information and equipment, particularly border surveillance sensors, to check infiltration from neighbouring countries.

Putin arrives here on December 3, but most of his discussions with the Indian leadership are scheduled for the next day.

The two sides will have delegation-level talks to review the entire gamut of their bilateral relations.

Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee will host a lunch for him at Hyderabad House, while President A.P.J. Abdul Kalam will host a banquet at the Rashtrapati Bhavan later in the evening.

Apart from terrorism, Putin will expect closer cooperation from Delhi on enhancing trade between the two countries.

Putin will address captains of Indian business and industry in the capital on December 4. He will also interact with a select group of Indian intellectuals and security experts the same day. India and Russia will sign a Delhi Declaration to highlight challenges and goals before them. The accord – to be signed on November 4 – will signal the direction in which the strategic partnership will progress.

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