Official visit to India 2012-12-24 16:00:00 New Delhi President of Russia made an official visit to India. Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister of India Manmohan Singh held talks followed by signing a package of cooperation agreements in the economy, science, technologies and humanitarian sphere. Foreign Ministries of the two countries also signed a protocol of consultations for 2013 and 2014. Vladimir Putin and Manmohan Singh made statements for the media. The Russian leader also met with President of India Pranab Mukherjee. Later in the day, Vladimir Putin met with President of the Indian National Congress Sonia Gandhi and opposition leader Sushma Swaraj. A joint statement was issued following the official visit of the Russian President to India. The document focuses on promoting trade and investments, deepening energy partnership, advancing scientific, technical and military cooperation, as well as cooperating in space and particularly Moon exploration, education, culture and broadening humanitarian contacts. In the international section of the document, the two parties stated their views on the most pressing problems. They specifically manifested their concern over the continued violence in Syria and their preoccupation with the situation around Iran and its nuclear programme. The parties reaffirmed the need for a more representative and legitimate international financial architecture and stressed the necessity to reinforce international currency system.