Foreign Ministers of Russian Federation and China call on President Kovind

Cheryl Sanders
December 11, 2017

The foreign ministers of Russia, India and China (RIC) are here to deliberate on a range of pressing regional and global issues, including ways to tackle the threat of terrorism and extremism, at the key meeting of the grouping.

Foreign Minister of the Russia Mr Sergei Lavrov, and Mr Wang Yi, the Foreign Minister of the People's Republic of China, called on the President of India, Shri Ram Nath Kovind, at Rashtrapati Bhavan.

"While discussing terrorism, I put across my view that significant rise in acts of terrorism by terrorist organisations like Taliban, Daesh (ISIS), Al-Qaeda, and LeT directly undermine worldwide peace and security and endanger ongoing efforts to strengthen the global economy and ensure sustainable growth and development", Swaraj said.

"We reaffirm that all acts of terrorism are criminal and unjustifiable irrespective of their motivations, committed wherever and by whomsoever", the statement of the RIC leaders said.

"We stress that those committing, organising, inciting or supporting terrorist acts must be held accountable and brought to justice in accordance with the obligations under global law, including the principle of "extradite or prosecute" as well as the applicable domestic legislations", the statement said.

"We had a candid, trust-based and frank exchange of views on a majority of issues".

The Chinese foreign minister told a symposium in Beijing that issues like Doklam can be resolved through diplomatic measures.

In the trilateral meeting, the foreign ministers of the three countries discussed terrorism, the political scenario in the Middle East and North Africa, different challenges in putting world economy back on growth track, transnational organised crime, illicit drug trafficking, food security and climate change, Swaraj said, in a press briefing after the meeting.

Wang Yi's visit is the first high-level visit from China after Indian and Chinese troops were involved a tense face-off position in the Doklam region of the border earlier this year. In the RIC meet, India is likely to stress on a collective approach by the three countries in ensuring peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific region, including the south-east Asian region, according to news agency reports.

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