Rusian Ambassador Nikolay R Kudasheva expressed his keenness to cooperate with Himachal Pradesh in cultural exchange, tourism and adventure sports.

Russia would also ensure its active participation in the Global Investors Meet, he said on Monday when he called upon the Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur at Oak Over.

Speaking on the occasion, the CM said that Russia and the state of HP have several similarities, both topographically as well as culturally. The Roerich Art Gallery, established at Naggar in Kullu district by great Roerich, was a testimony to the fact of Indo-Russian friendship.

He said that Russia and Himachal Pradesh could cooperate in various fields such as tourism, agriculture and disaster management etc.

While apprising the Russian Ambassador to India regarding the proposed Global Investment Meet being held at Dharamshala during the month of November this year, the Chief Minister said that the main aim of this meet was to showcase the immense investment potential of the state and harness it with the participation of the interested entrepreneurs.

He also invited Russia to participate in this mega event. He said that Himachal Pradesh and Russia could collaborate in sectors such as agriculture, horticulture, food processing, ecotourism etc.

Thakur said that there was also great scope for cultural exchange between Russia and Himachal Pradesh.

The state government is committed to ensuring the development of the Roerich Gallery to make it the major tourist destination. He also stressed for better cultural ties between Russia and Himachal Pradesh.

The Chief Minister said that the photo exhibition regarding 30 world heritage sites of Russia would be exhibited at Gaiety Theatre, Shimla and some other prominent places for a week or so to acquaint the people regarding rich cultural repository of Russia.

He said that a special corner for displaying photo exhibition of Russia would also be provided during the Global Investors Meet at Dharamshala.

Nikolay R Kudasheva said that Russia was keen to cooperate with Himachal in cultural exchange, tourism and adventure sports. Russia would also ensure its active participation in the Global Investors Meet.

He invited the Chief Minister to be a part of Roerich celebrations at Roerich Art Gallery, Naggar during the month of October this year.