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15th Russia-India-China Trilateral Foreign Ministers’ Meeting New Delhi, 11th December 2017.

The 15th Trilateral Meeting of Foreign Ministers of Russia-India-China(RIC) took place in New Delhi on 11 December 2017. During the meeting External Affairs Minister of India Sushma Swaraj and Foreign Minister of Russia Sergey Lavrov and Foreign Minister of China Wang Yi discussed issues of common concern. The discussions today were focused on four broad cluster of areas, namely, Economic and Developmental issues; Fight against terrorism; Global / Multilateral issues; and, Regional issues covering challenges to the global economy, menace of terrorism, transnational organized crime, smuggling of drugs, natural and man-made disasters, climate change, and changing political scenario in Middle East and North Africa.

These annual talks give an opportunity to the three countries to exchange mutual views with each other and identify contributions to international peace, security and development. A Joint Communiqué was released at the end of the meeting. The Ministers also noted that this trilateral forum RIC, which was established in 2002, is working very effectively to provide the three countries with a platform for open discussion on issues among themselves as well as other international and regional issues.

On the sidelines of the trilateral RIC meeting, External Affairs Minister of India Sushma Swaraj had bilateral meeting with the Foreign Minister of Russia Sergey Lavrov where they reviewed bilateral relations and also noted with satisfaction that more than 100 programs were organized in both countries to commemorate the 70th anniversary of establishment of diplomatic ties between India and Russia.

This is the second bilateral meeting between the ministers of both countries in 2017. The first bilateral meeting was held during the Eastern Economic Forum (EEF) in Vladivostok in September.

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Moscow

11 December 2017

 

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