Astrakhan leader extends best wishes to Modi for Lok Sabha elections

Konstantin Markelov, vice governor of Astrakhan region in Russia which was the first foreign country that Narendra Modi visited as chief minister in 2001, was the only foreign leader at the Vibrant Gujarat Summit to wish the CM the best for "India's general elections next year".

Modi had in 2001 signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for co-operation with the governor of Astrakhan, which is barely a tenth of the size of Ahmedabad with a population of just over a million.

In March 2003, a delegation of Astrakhan visited Gujarat and in turn a high-level delegation of Gujarat led by Modi went to Astrakhan in July 2006.

These exchanges had resulted in visits of trade and industries organisations and signing of MoUs in fields of oil and gas, shipbuilding, food industries, pharmaceuticals, fisheries, HRD, culture and education. Gujarat State Petroleum Corporation has signed an MoU with Russia's Gazprom.

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