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Modi, Putin exchange New Year's greetings, discuss bilateral ties

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

and Russian Monday exchanged New Year's greetings and discussed bilateral cooperation in key areas including defence and counter-terrorism.

The two leaders also agreed that India-cooperation plays an important role in the global multilateral order.

"Both countries, therefore, will continue their close consultations in the United Nations, the BRICS, the SCO and other multilateral organizations," a statement from the prime minister's office said.

The also wished the and Russian citizens on the occasion of Christmas, which is being celebrated in Monday.

The two leaders appreciated the major milestones achieved in the special and privileged strategic partnership between the two countries in the past year.

Recalling successful wide-ranging discussions in Sochi in May and during Putin's visit to in October for the annual summit, the leaders agreed to maintain the momentum in the bilateral relations.

President Putin reiterated the invitation to the annual Eastern Economic Forum in September 2019, the statement said.

"Bilateral cooperation in the key areas including defence and counter-terrorism was also discussed," it said.

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First Published: Mon, January 07 2019. 19:26 IST