Sumitra Mahajan addresses Russian Parliament, urges unity in fighting terrorism

Moscow: All countries should work collectively and decisively against terrorism and cross-border movement of terrorists, Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan said, in an apparent reference to Pakistan.

Addressing the Russian Parliament, the State Duma, she said the global community should work together to counter the increased threat from terrorism.

File image of Sumitra Mahajan. PTI

File image of Sumitra Mahajan. PTI

The remarks by Mahajan, who is leading an Indian parliamentary delegation to Russia, came two days after terrorists attacked Amarnath pilgrims in Kashmir, killing seven and injuring 19.

Earlier, Mahajan met Speaker of Duma, Vyacheslav Volodin, who conveyed condolences on behalf of himself and the members of the Russian Parliament on Monday's terrorist attack in Anantnag, according to a statement issued by the Lok Sabha secretariat.

In her address to the Duma, Mahajan mentioned that the Indian economy is growing at an appreciable rate and is one of the fastest among the emerging economies of the world by registering a growth 7.1 percent in 2016-17. She said the government of India has rolled out the Goods and Services Tax (GST) from 1 July, which is an important economic reform measure.

Talking about India-Russia relations, she said there is an ambitious project of building energy-bridge. Opening of the International North-South Transport Corridor, establishment of green-corridor, technology transfer and deepening the mutual friendships between the peoples of the two countries are the areas which need to strengthened and further consolidated, she said.

Expressing happiness that the State Duma has instituted an Indo-Russian Federation Friendship Group, she informed that a similar initiative has been taken in the Indian Parliament. She stressed that parliamentary cooperation between the legislatures of Russia and the Indian states needs to be expanded.

Highlighting the fact that defence relations between India and Russia have been historically important, Mahajan said these are not limited to seller-buyer arrangement but the bonds are deeper and friendly.

Updated Date: Jul 12, 2017 22:29 PM

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