Swaraj to attend NAM ministerial conference in Azerbaijan

Swaraj to attend NAM ministerial conference in Azerbaijan

External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj reached Baku on Wednesday to attend the ministerial conference of the Non-Aligned Movement being held in the capital of Azerbaijan.

"As a founding member of the NAM, India remains committed to the purposes and principles of the movement," Raveesh Kumar, spokesperson of the Ministry of External Affairs, said.

He said that Swaraj's participation in the NAM ministerial meeting in Baku would underline India's "continued active and constructive engagement within the movement with a view to further strengthen solidarity and cooperation among its member states".

Apart from her meeting with her counterpart Elmar Mammadyarov, Swaraj is scheduled to call on Azerbaijan's President Ilham Aliyev and first Vice-President Mehriban Aliyeva during her stay in Baku.

India and Azerbaijan have growing bilateral cooperation in many areas including energy, transportation, and capacity building. India's ONGC-Videsh is an investor in ACG oil fields and Baku-Tbilisi-Ceyhan pipeline. The two sides will discuss bilateral, regional and global issues of mutual interest during External Affairs Minister's visit to Baku, said the MEA spokesperson.

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